The researchers say megalodon sharks were apex predators “at the highest level ever measured”.
According to research published in Scientists progress, Scientists from Princeton University have confirmed that the extinct shark poses the greatest threat to sea creatures as it will even nibble on other predators.
This prehistoric shark was a fearsome animal that loomed in ocean waters over three million years ago and this new revelation makes them even more terrifying than we thought.
PhD in geosciences and one of the study authors Emma Castle say it Megalodon could eat anything it wanted, according to Phys Org.
“We are used to thinking of the biggest species—blue whales, whale sharks, even elephants and diplodocus – like filter feeders or herbivores, not predators,” she said.
“But Megalodon and the other megatooth sharks really were huge carnivores that ate other predators, and Meg went extinct only a few million years ago.”
Wow, the Meg even makes Jaws look like an amateur.
Castle said the team of scientists was able to study the ancient shark using a new method by examining nitrogen isotopes in the species’ teeth, according to Interesting Engineering.
She explained that nitrogen isotopes indicate the nutrients animals get from their diet, and looking at them can reveal where they are in the food chain.
Castle told the outlet, “High isotope ratios of nitrogen, which means the Mthe equalodon was at this very high position on the food network.
By observing the teeth, the researchers noted that the Megalodon would overtake great white sharks as predators if they still existed today.
She said, “If we imagine the killer whales and the great whites at the top of the food chain, the Mthe equalodon would actually be above them, and above them twice: two positions higher in the food web.
“We expect extraordinarily high rates trophic high levels and high positions in the food web, from these very high values. »
Phys Org reports that Princeton’s Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences Danny sigman said researchers were able to study shark teeth because they keep better than bone because they are “chemically and physically resistant.”
He concluded from the study: “If Megalodon existed in the modern ocean, it would completely change the way humans interact with the marine environment.”