|Uploaded:||January 22, 2012|
|Updated:||January 23, 2012|
Who says that prehistoric animals only come in the form of land dwelling creatures that are considered to be huge reptiles with scaly skin and gigantic teeth? Today I am going to submit a tutorial on one humongous shark that has unfortunately been extinct since the mid, to late Pliocene period. I say unfortunately because to me, it would have been cool to see these sharks studied the same way scientists study marine life today. What shark am I talking about? Well, I’m talking about a giant shark that roamed the waters millions of years ago. Today you will be learning "how to draw a megalodon", step by step. Since these ginormous sharks lived so long ago, all the information about their species is purely speculated. This is because unlike the great white, megalodon where made up of almost all cartilage. The only real bone left behind in fossil terms is their teeth, and some of their vertebra. Researchers believe that megalodon resembled great white sharks because their teeth are very similar in shape and in structure. They know that megalodon where huge because their teeth and jaws are massive. Just one tooth is a little over half a foot big. Their teeth where very sharp and had serrated edges which made them like razors. The jaws of a megalodon opened up to seven feet high, and six feet wide. I’m sitting here telling you guys how big this animal was, but I’m still not giving you a good example. Let me put it this way, great white sharks can reach lengths of up to a little over twenty feet long, and they can weigh around seven thousand pounds. A megalodon is said to have been forty feet long, and even as big as one hundred feet long. Guess what? If a megalodon was around today, they would be able to swallow a great white shark whole just by opening up its mouth and swimming right into it. The pectoral fin of a megalodon measures up to be bigger than a six foot tall human. Let’s just face it, these super sharks where simply gigantic and if it were possible to ever see one in the flesh whether it be a fossil or in person (yeah right), you would without a doubt pass something mushy in your pants. I had a lot of fun with this lesson and just to let you know, the scuba diver I included in the main thumbnail or image, is of actual size. I hope you all have fun drawing a megalodon, as I did making it. I shall return with some other cool lessons on some pretty amazing animals. Until my return peace out and enjoy!