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Megalodon Fossils Found In Spain

Megalodon Fossils Found In Spain

September 5, 2013 – Fossils are the harmless remains of animals that lived thousands or even millions of years ago. But the deposit of fossils that was recently discovered off the coast in the Spanish Canary Islands somehow has the power to send chills down our spines.

The fossils belonged to a megalodon, an extinct species of mega shark! They were found at the bottom of  a 2,000-metre-deep (1.25-mile-deep) underwater mountain in October 2012.

The scientists that found them immediately had a strong feeling that the fossils belonged to a megalodon but couldn't be sure until recently, after tests proved they did not belong to another extinct species of shark, whale, or sea cow.

On Monday the Spanish Oceanography Institute released a statement saying "[The discovery of the fossils] is an event of great scientific significance" because "They show that the biggest marine predator of all time lived,  hunted, and reproduced in these waters during [the era it was alive].

Megalodon is a relative of our modern Great White Shark that went extinct two million years ago. It weighed about 100 tonnes and grew to be up to 20 metres (60 feet) long!

It ate whales, dolphins, turtles, and seals and had the most powerful bite of any animal that has ever lived. It destroyed its prey with a bite force between 10.8 and 18.2 tons, which makes its cousin the Great White Shark look like clown fish! Its teeth were up to 17 centimetres (7 inches) long, compared to the Great White Sharks' seven-centimetre (three-inch) teeth.

Check out this picture below to get an idea of just how large the megalodon was!


How sure are are you there extinct
-- by Hamad on 2013-10-01 08:30:51

Wow that's so cool!
-- by Michael on 2013-09-25 19:41:28

-- by hi on 2013-09-25 15:20:16

this is awesome
-- by yo mama on 2013-09-25 10:29:35

Glad its still not living xD
-- by Wesley Cramer on 2013-09-23 09:56:05

:( i dont like sharks or shark-like animals:(
-- by bob on 2013-09-20 10:38:54

so it is extinct
-- by sooooooo klarke on 2013-09-19 18:35:58

Yes it is! You don't have to worry about a megalodon popping up when you're at the beach.
-- by Admin on 2013-09-23 13:14:22

-- by eiyen on 2013-09-18 18:12:26

ssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ccccccccccccccccoooooooollllllllllllll
-- by amiya on 2013-09-16 19:20:43

-- by amiya on 2013-09-16 18:34:38

-- by JFK on 2013-09-13 13:49:09

HA WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE:):):):):):):)!!!!!!!!!***********^^^^^^^^^^%%%%%%%%%%%%$$$$$$$$$$######@@@@@@@@@@@))))))))))))))))))(((((((((((((((*&^%$#@!
-- by COOL BOY on 2013-09-13 13:48:26

i am never gonna sleep again!!!!
-- by Harold G. Smith on 2013-09-11 13:43:18

that is awesome
-- by valtijerina on 2013-09-11 11:34:37

are u sure cause now im kinda scared
-- by ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ on 2013-09-10 10:31:33

my name is colton neal walls.i am 11 years old i am a boy .i have heard about this shark it is cool???????????????????????????????????
-- by colton neal walls on 2013-09-10 10:11:17

I am SO glad that megalodon is extinct today-otherwise i would have never went to the beach!
-- by Alexandra on 2013-09-09 18:12:43

-- by smartarty on 2013-09-09 15:21:06

I've heard about this shark in a movie once. It lived a long, long time ago, right? Thanks for the article! :)
-- by Septimus on 2013-09-08 10:51:30

wow that is super big
-- by awesome on 2013-09-08 10:04:07

is that lady a midget or is the shark just that big. if shes not a midget that that would suck to encounter one of those thingsa it cou;;d swallow you whole or eat u all in one bite
-- by coolkid#21 on 2013-09-06 10:27:52

Hi Coolkid#21, The woman in that photo is not a little person. The megalodon really was that big!
-- by Admin on 2013-09-06 12:01:51

That is super super super huge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-- by acampos2004 on 2013-09-05 20:44:04

omg it HUGE!!!!!!!!!
-- by coolkid#21 on 2013-09-05 10:27:25

that is so cool. how can a megaludon fossil be found in a mountain?
-- by ak cool on 2013-09-05 08:28:58

Hi ak cool, This mountain is underwater, so when the megalodon died it sank to the ocean floor near the base of the mountain. Thanks for your question!
-- by Admin on 2013-09-05 11:52:00

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