A prehistoric “sperm whale” that competed with megalodon

    Terrible giant sperm whale could fight the infamous megalodon (photo)

    A massive sperm whale with sharp teeth once roamed the world’s oceans – and dipped his teeth into other great seas mammals.

    The colossal prehistoric creature even competed with the famous giant shark megalodon in terms of its scale and fury, scientists say.

    Back in 2008, researchers in Peru found the mysterious bones of Leviathan Melville, who was the ancestor of modern sperm whales and lived 9.9-8.9 million years ago.

    The scary beast, named after the biblical creature and author of the classic novel Moby Dick, had sharp teeth 36 cm long and a powerful bite tore pieces from his unfortunate victim.

    It was about 17.5 meters long (57 feet) and had a huge skull measuring three by two meters wide, about the same size as modern sperm whales.

    Terrible giant sperm whale could fight the infamous megalodon (photo)

    This made the livan a strong opponent for the megalodon, which usually had a length of 18 meters and pursued the same prey.

    Scientists even have evidence that two beasts collided in terrible naval battles, and a whale skeleton was found with traces of “meg” bites in North Carolina, USA.

    It is believed that his main diet consisted of baleen whales.

    Shortly after its discovery, Dr. Oliver Lambert of the Museum of Natural History in France commented: “This sperm whale could hold on to large prey with its joined teeth, inflict deep wounds and tear large pieces from the victim’s body.

    Leviathan Melville eats less megalodon prey (photo)
    Leviathan Melville eats less megalodon prey (photo)

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    “With their large size and strong jaws, adult leviathans were definitely free from predation.

    “It was a kind of sea monster. It is interesting to note that at the same time in the same waters was another monster, which was a giant shark [Megalodon] about 15 meters in length. “

    Reflecting on the theorized encounters with the megalodon, he said that “perhaps they fought with each other.”

    It is believed that the Leviathan became extinct at the end of the Miocene period against the background of the period of cooling in the oceans.

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