Megalodon, one of the most enigmatic creatures ever to inhabit our planet’s oceans, is both admired and feared by scientists and deep-sea enthusiasts. This giant shark, which lived millions of years ago, was not only a majestic creature, but also a very slow swimmer with an insatiable appetite.
Research shows that megalodon was far from being a fast swimmer. According to new research from scientists at the University of Bristol, megalodon’s swimming speed was about 2.6 kilometers per hour. This is significantly slower than previously thought. However, despite its low speed, megalodon successfully hunted whales and other large animals.
The megalodon’s size also leaves scientists in awe. Its body length reached 18 meters, which is twice the length of the largest modern shark, the whale shark. Its teeth, which were about 18 centimeters long, allowed the megalodon to easily tear through prey and left an indelible mark on the history of the planet.
It is interesting to note that scientific studies show that megalodon could exist for 14 million years, and its disappearance occurred about 2.6 million years ago. One of the main reasons for the megalodon’s disappearance is considered to be climate change and a decrease in the amount of food in the ocean. These factors led to the extinction of many animal species, including this giant of the deep sea.
The opinion of an expert on the subject, Professor John Johnson, from the University of Oxford: “Megalodon is one of the most amazing creatures that has ever lived on Earth. Its size and strength make it an unrivaled predator. However, despite its immense power, megalodon was unable to survive in the face of its changing environment. It is an important reminder that even the most majestic creatures are not invulnerable.”
Megalodon remains one of the most amazing and mysterious creatures that have ever lived on Earth. Its size and appetite are awe-inspiring and admirable, and its disappearance reminds us of the fragility of life on our planet.