Researchers have discovered a fossilized tooth the size of a human hand 10,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean that they believe belonged to a megalodon shark.
The maritime explorers who found it are conducting further tests to confirm their belief that the tooth belonged to the fearsome shark that roamed Earth millions of years ago.
Besides being the largest shark in the world, it was also one of the biggest fish to ever exist. The word megalodon itself means ‘large tooth.’
The find took place as part of an Ocean Exploration Trust expedition to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an area that stretches over 495,000 square miles in the middle of the Pacific.
‘Awesome find alert!’ researchers wrote on the trust’s Facebook page to announce the find Wednesday.
‘While examining nodule samples for our expedition to Johnston Atoll with Pacific Islands: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, researchers discovered this massive shark tooth!’
‘We believe it belonged to the infamous extinct megalodon, but only time (and further lab analysis) will tell!’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Christopher Carbone