Some new models are shedding light on just how big, and powerful, the ocean’s ancient apex predator was. Among other things it could have easily snacked on orcas or great whites. The above video from Pimiento Research Group does a great job of breaking down the research and new estimates.
Just how big the megalodon was is pretty difficult to comprehend. The shark, which cruised Earth 23 to 2.6 million years ago, likely could’ve swallowed a large great white in a single bite. Researchers think a large megalodon grew up to 20 meters long. That’s a shark nearly the size of an 18-wheeler. It could eat the largest current-day killer whale (around 26 feet) in five quick bites, one of the researchers wrote.
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