MEGALODON: HISTORY’S MIGHTIEST . . . SCAVENGER?

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  1. Mark Pasternack
    Mark PasternackAugust 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks,finally a decent read? I must say I do agree.If any survive where do whales gather most? Let folks who can give it try.I still like the photos from a U-boat of one swimming by them.

    1. Max Hawthorne
      Max HawthorneAugust 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Hello Mark. We’re glad you enjoyed the article, it’s very revealing. I asked Max and he said the U-boat photo from one of the Megalodon “mockumentaries”, as they’ve come to be known, is a proven forgery. But that doesn’t mean they’re not still out there.
      Regards,
      Editor

  2. John rudman
    John rudmanAugust 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Interesting read and does make a lot of sense, but it would be nice to think they are the apex predator even at 60-foot plus. It also explains why C. megladon had one of the hardest bites: why waste energy when you can bite a a huge chunk of meat in one hit?

    1. Max Hawthorne
      Max HawthorneAugust 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      From the author: “Glad you enjoyed the article, John. People are inclined to cling to images they have of prehistoric life, especially when the media or Hollywood has engrained those images in their heads (i.e. Spinosaurus a la JP3). But with Megalodon it’s simply a matter of examining the tools it used to eat at different stages of its life. If your teeth are steak knives, you bite through flesh. If they’re chisels, you bite into something much harder. Best, Max”

  3. louwee
    louweeAugust 7, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Great

  4. Dexter
    DexterAugust 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    This article has so many proof of megalodon’s existence. And this article is better what i read on almanacs.

  5. Interesting article about Megalodon from Max Hawthorne, author of KRONOS RISING | Shattered Ravings

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  6. Thomas Manno
    Thomas MannoAugust 10, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Love the read Max. I do agree with you that this beautiful animal may and does exist. Though I think we see it more often than many think. But due to the way they act eat eat, we mainly will see them in their juvenile state. And if that the case, they may easily be mistaken with some of the other similar sharks with size and markings.
    As for the hunter turned scavenger… I came to that conclusion years ago. Even debated with my brother and a few others who could not discount what I said. I had virtually same thinking you did as for youth vs. old. They are now starting the more public debate with the T-Rex being a scavenger but a hunter when younger.
    This article further makes me feel like I may be correct.

    1. Max Hawthorne
      Max HawthorneAugust 10, 2016 at 2:15 am

      From author: “100% correct Thomas. Tools don’t lie. If someone has a steak knife, they’re (one hopes) cutting steak. If they have a rock chisel, they’re chiseling stone, or in this case, bone. The extreme variance in tooth structure between juvenile and older Megalodon sharks can mean only one thing – a corresponding and equally extreme shift in feeding habits. The animals still required protein, they just went about getting it via different methods. -Max”

  7. Sarath Suresh
    Sarath SureshOctober 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    A good theory, backed up with some good evidence! I still hold to the fact that a Megalodon was still an active predator, that killed massive whales, as in my opinion finding a whale carcass every day to support its 1-3 tons need for food seems a little outstretched, but if there was a whale carcass to be found, I am sure it would take to the opportunity.

  8. Mike Rude
    Mike RudeFebruary 17, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Very good article. It makes a lot of sense, and even brought up an idea… Do we really know if the growth of Great Whites slows down that much, or how old they can get? It is interesting that at similar sized, the teeth look shockingly alike. Even if not as closely related as previously thought… could White Sharks themselves grow and evolve into something equally as monstrous as the Megalodon and even fill the same niche in a hypothetical future? Say something curbs the human population, at least reduces our impact on the Ocean and results in a very rapid abundance surge of nutrients and an explosion in whale populations. If large size is a reproductive advantage for Great Whites… could they quickly fill that Niche of Garbage Truck monstrosities? For that matter could some already reach much larger proportions than ever thought possible already when food is available, their teeth losing serrations, growing more thick and blunt, and they possibly stay in deeper water? Reminds me of the Documentary “Search for the Mysterious Super Predator of the Deep”, where a 3 meter (9.6ft) White shark with a tag was eaten by something that had a 78 F internal temp. It would seem theoretically possibly that either true Megs could survive as a deep water scavenger OR that Colossal Meg Sized Great Whites could simply fill that role – yet never come into shallow water and they don’t mess with anything small enough that would be effectively used as bait. They might rest deeper in the water as they are not filter feeders. Reminds me of Vic Hislop. – Vic caught a Great White at Port Phillip Island which was 6.1 meters, 20’8″ in length….and weighed 2.47 tonnes, or 5,434 pounds . Vic also says he has hooked but not landed much larger sharks some of which he had to cut the line with an axe as they would have otherwise sunk his boat by the stern. Which just makes you wonder… what in the hell is down there?

  9. Randy Tan
    Randy TanApril 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

    This article is a great definition to what is obvious, certainly changes on the anatomy of the teeth of these megalodon has explanation and the author did a great job in explaining and coming up to a conclusion that a great predator would become an escavenger. Great job.

  10. Larry Martin
    Larry MartinAugust 27, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Great article! Good to reexamine much about this awesome apex predator (& scavenger (:>)) )

    1. Max Hawthorne
      Max HawthorneSeptember 2, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks, Larry. It must’ve been an awe-inspiring thing to see. Even slow moving, a beast like that coming toward you like a destroyer with teeth would be terrifying. It would’ve had no problem taking carcasses from other big sharks or taking down anything it could sink its teeth into.
      -Max

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