1. Megalodon - This gigantic relative of the extant great white shark was thought to be simply massive: perhaps even sixty feet in length! Living the world over, Megalodon stalked the seas during the Miocene and Pliocene Epochs, and only died out during the current Pleistocene Epoch, around two million years ago. It is thought that Megalodon evolved to such gigantic proportions in order to be able to attack the massive whales that had started to evolve in the cooler seas of the Miocene and Pliocene. Remember now: if it's a shark, then it's a fish!
|A tooth fragment from Megalodon at this excellent restaurant called The Crab Shack on Tybee Island off of the coast of Savannah, Georgia.|
This post is part of the "Top Ten: Extinct Sea Monsters" series. For the rest of the posts in this series, click HERE.