Off the coast of South Carolina, a
herd of enormous Sperm Whales blow huge geysers from their spouts
and roll around making huge splashing sounds. As these large,
harmless creatures play on this sunny day, one of the whales spots a
suspicious shadow lurking and circling the herd 150 yards off . She
sounds the alarm in a low-pitch howl. The whales close the herd and
with powerful strokes of their tail, they start swimming in a
forward panicked motion.
Two of the larger males noticed
immediately that some of the small calves have fallen behind. Two of
the most massive males fall back on each side of the calves to
protect them as the rest of the heard heads for safety. Then one of
the calves in fear tries to swim past the giant males to catch its
mother. The lurking shadow darts towards the helpless calf. The calf
freezes in utter terror as it watches this 60ft' beast moves in for
the kill opening its mouth with row after row of razor sharp teeth .
It was the jaws of certain death !! The MEGALODON !!!
The jaws of certain death. The
Carcharodon Megalodon (Giant Great White) was the largest
prehistoric carnivorous vertebrate that ever roamed our oceans. This
species lived approximately 2 to 28 million years ago. This beast
lived to exceed 60ft, three times the length of a large great white.
The shark in the movie Jaws was not even this large. Divers and
fossil hunters have found their fossilized teeth as big as 7 5/8
inches. These shark teeth have been found in phosphate mines and
rivers in places such as California, Florida, North Carolina ,
Virginia and especially South Carolina (Cooper River). Other shark
teeth can be found in these rivers and mines as well such as Great
White, Angustidon, Auriculatus, Tiger Shark, Mako, Thresher, and
Benedeni . Sharks are known to feast on whales, turtles, sea lions
and other fish. Occasionally you might be able to see the serrated
tooth slashes through other fossilized animal remains. I invite you
to view and enjoy my collection of sharkteeth and remember I carry a
great deal more than what you see here.