One of the most sinister and scary creatures under the sea is easily the shark. It does not take menacing music to fear these predators, and they are some of the oldest living fish on the planet. Most probably think of great whites or hammer sharks, but they are not the only kinds out in the oceans. Several species are still swimming in the waters today, but there are still several other kinds of sharks that are no longer lurking in the ocean depths.
While many shark species may only exist in legends and folklore, there are still some fascinating facts about these frightening creatures. Check out this list of some of the infamous sharks who ever swam in the sea.
The megalodon, or Carcharocles megalodon, was the largest meat-eating predator that had ever lived, as they could grow up to 59 feet in length and weigh up to 33.9 metric tons. This means that the megalodons were up to three times larger than great white sharks.
The shark species populated the waters between 23 and 2.6 million years ago. Megalodons may look like modern great white sharks, but scientists say they are not related to the sister species. These sharks likely became extinct due to a reduction in their food source, which may have been gobbled up by their great white shark competitors.