reply to post by LovingSoul
I believe this to be a true and accurate account of a Megalodon sighting.
The problem we have with finding the Megalodon is that we are looking for a Massive Great White Shark
The Megalodon is not a Great White in Fact a predator as voracious fast and high in metabolism as a Great White is an Anomaly not the rule
Megalodon aside from also being in the Shark Family and Having big teeth is NOT anything like a Great White
MY Theory of the Megalodon
1: It is slow, ponderous even compared to most sharks
2: It scavenges Most of it's food from Carcasses at the bottom of the Ocean which leaves it 99% of it's time at great depths, this is why we
haven't noticed them
Like the T Rex theory far from a monster killing machine which it can be, it's huge teeth and giant mouth serve a purpose of crunching through the
bones and shells of larger already deceased sea creatures
It's stealing of the cray pots confirms to me a bit of validity, in terms of my theory, it would be doing exactly that... stealing tidbits of food
from the ocean shore having come up because it was hungry.
3: It mostly lives at great depths but like the squid and whale but better is perfectly capable of surviving at whatever depth it needs to in search
of food, it's startling White Color also fits my theory that it is a deep sea creature most of it's life
4: Being slow it has less of a need for food than a great white of it's size, often it would prefer to feed, not unlike an anaconda consuming an
entire whale carcass or giant squid then heading to a bottom spot to sleep for months at a time perhaps.
5: It would have given it's massive size... a very long life span and mate very infrequently not a species that groups in any way 99% of it's life
solitary and the entire ocean as it's territory, pairs very rarely coming together, a very slow breeder, existing in very small numbers always an
endangered species with handfuls prowling the ocean at any given time. But a long enough life span and no natural predators beyond reaching size X it
manages to survive living off the corpses of larger sea creatures
6: Of live food it probably has a diet of crustaceans and shell fish, lobsters, sea turtles giant clams and other large mollusks of the ocean floor
which compose it's live food diet, being able to easily penetrate the shells with it's massive Jaws
So this is my image of the Megalodon, not a fast moving highly predatory Carnivore like the Great White, but a slow scavenger noshing on large
shellfish while seeking out the rare carcasses of large Sea creatures from the ocean. Not the Whale carcasses themselves but the BONES the Marrow
which inevitable end up on the sea bed floor... this is why the one in the story didn't care about the cray fish being in the pots... it's designed
to discard materials like Bone from it's digestive system and reach the gooey goodness inside, same for giant clam shells etc
a slow sleepy beast with giant teeth designed for crunching through bone and shell
Not an ravenous fast moving shark
To find the Megalodon...
We need to look for massive Megalodon Excrement littered with bone and shell fragments at the very bottom of the ocean floor, it would be very
distinct in size and remains of bone material easy to identify
[edit on 10-7-2009 by mopusvindictus]