Obituary

By Imane H. T2

Matou the Last of His Kind


Matou the Carcharocles megalodon or megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived, he was between 15 and 17 meters long and weighed as much as 110 tons. Matou could be located worldwide and swam the seas 17 to 2 million years during the Neogene Period, Cenozoic Era.

Matou had jaws that open a full 6 feet equipped with 6 inch long teeth weighing a half pound each and triangular in shape like his feared cousin, the Great White Shark which is still alive today.

Hunting

Matou hunts by propelling himself to the surface at high speeds and slams into the belly of the whale from underneath with a crushing bite force that can easily break bones and surpasses the bite force of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Cause of Extinction

Colder global temperatures are thought to be the cause of extinction for this species. Matou was believed to be warm blooded, he required 600 to 1200 kilograms of food everyday. He would need much more food to deal with temperature reduction. As a warm blooded shark, Matou is sluggish in cooler waters which impacts his ability to hunt. Whales preferred to migrate to polar regions which left Matou to hunt smaller, faster, and unfulfilling prey in warmer waters. Sadly, due to the lack of food, megalodon numbers started decreasing, Matou and other of his kind pass away and became extinct about two million years ago.

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