Are You a Believer?

Kat Turner, Silver Stream Co-Editor

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Between the geological time periods of Miocene Epoch (23.03 million years ago) and the Pliocene Epoch (2.58 million years ago), the megalodon shark roamed the oceans. Over 2 million years ago, this shark supposedly went extinct; however, there is still a one percent chance that this 60 foot long beast still lurks in the deep, unexplored trenches of the ocean.

Since sharks are made of cartilage and not bones, the majority of the fossils found are teeth. The scientific name Carcharocles Megalodon translates to “Giant Tooth” in Greek. The teeth measure to approximately seven inches, which is almost three times bigger than that of a Great White thus explains the name Giant Tooth.

The size of this shark is approximately over 60 feet, which is two times longer than the longest fish living in our oceans today, the oarfish. The oarfish is about 36 feet long, but this fish, unlike sharks, have bones. The second largest fish is the whale shark, which ranges from 18 to 33 feet. Compared to the megalodon, these fish are babies and about the size of a megalodon shark pup.

Supposedly the reason for extinction is thought to be their food source of small whales. They started to collapse towards the end of the Pliocene Epoch. Sharks can eat a variety of organisms, so basing their extinction off the the dying out of one species is a stretch. These sharks could have adapted to another food source.

Only five percent of the ocean is explored, so that leaves 95 percent of the ocean for megalodons to live and stay unseen. The rediscovery of the coelacanth fish, which was declared to have gone extinct over 65 million years, has strengthened my reliance that these sharks still roam the ocean today. It is impossible to prove a negative argument; therefore, saying it is definitely extinct is not accurate.

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