Megalodon

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Megalodon

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Thought the shark from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was scary? Think again. For the first time, researchers have determined the 2D body size of the extinct giant shark Otodus megalodon, The Guardian reports. The fish could grow to a maximum total length of about 15 to 18 meters 45 to 58 feet :x :x ,
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09 ... ments-show
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... first-time
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-71387-y
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Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, chief. It was comin' back, from the island of Tinian to Laytee, just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, chief? You tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know... was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. Huh huh. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin'. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it's... kinda like ol' squares in battle like a, you see on a calendar, like the battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark comes to the nearest man and that man, he'd start poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he's got...lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin' and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin' they all come in and rip you to pieces.
Y'know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand! I don't know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday mornin' chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, boson's mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended. Well... he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He's a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper, anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.
"lifeless eyes, black eyes"

Bit like Hillary but I digress
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Chilling account. Thanks for the reminder, Ed.
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I read that Shaw wrote that and that it was somewhat ad libbed.

He was a real talent and a drunk, sadly. He wrote Man in the Glass Booth which I had the pleasure of seeing on Broadway with the sainted Donald Pleasence.

It had that great line (from a distant memory)
tell me children of Israel, if he had called you, wouldn't you have followed?
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Thing is that Donald always struck me has being a bit mad. It was in his eyes.
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The size of the teeth was well known:

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And here's a reconstruction of the jaws:

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