Mammoth Megalodon tooth found after Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina

While Hurricane Matthew brought destruction in its wake, the storm also washed up treasures across the East Coast.

In North Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, Matthew washed up a Megalodon tooth, five inches long and in really good shape… An artifact from what used the be the world’s largest shark.

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The Megalodon tooth found on a beach at  North Myrtle Beach, North Carolina via The Charlotte Observer

After a giant lobster in Bermuda, now a mammoth Megalodon tooth in North Carolina. A tourist couple went searching for shark teeth the day after Hurrican Matthew hit. They never thought they’d discover something so big.

It was identified by an aquarist as a Megalodon’s tooth and that it’s millions of years old. The shark itself probably grew up to be 50 to 60 feet long.

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The massive Megalodon’s fossil is almost as large as a hand. via The Charlotte Observer

The size of the shark can be determined from the tooth, but only if it is known if the tooth came from the front or side of the mouth.

If it came from the front it was probably a 40-foot shark. If it was a side tooth it could have come from a larger shark. The largest Megalodon shark would range from 60 to 70 feet long.

It is thought that the Megalodon sharks went extinct about 2,500,000 years ago.

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