IF you thought today’s sharks were bloodthirsty, think about the creatures in the ocean millions of years ago.
A giant shark that once topped the food chain was able to eat a killer whale in just five bites, new research has found.
From nose to tail, the giant megalodon shark was about 50 feet long, longer than a bus.
The colossal creature is two to three times the size of today’s great white shark.
Its huge, gaping maw was perfect for feasting on other large beasts.
Other marine life didn’t stand a chance as the jaws could open nearly 6 feet.
And when its 10,000-liter stomach was full, the megalodon could go for months without food, experts believe.
The shark weighed 70 tons, the equivalent of 10 elephants.
It was also a strong swimmer, moving at a speed of about 4.5 feet per second, dooming any target.
Scientists have gotten the clearest picture yet of the hungry beast by using fossils to create a detailed 3D model.
They scanned various parts, including fist-sized teeth.
“It would be a superpredator just dominating its ecosystem,” said John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College.
“There’s nothing really like it.”
The shark is believed to have lived around 23 to 3.6 million years ago.
Researchers from the UK, US, Switzerland, Australia and South Africa published their shock findings in the journal Science Advances.
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