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7 (thankfully) extinct giant versions of modern animals

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#2 Carcharodon/Carcharocles megalodon, The Giant Shark

The largest fish in the ocean today (that we know about) is the whale shark, and while the name is certainly impressive, the animal itself is more like the Fat Albert of the sea, benevolently swimming along and wrecking havoc on precisely nothing it encounters.

Much more impressive was Carcharodon megalodon, the largest bony fish in history and the star of more made-for-cable movies than Lorenzo Lamas and Casper Van Dien combined. At 70-feet long, this magnificent bastard was more than three times the size of an average great white shark and large enough to swallow an average sedan.

Why it’s a Good Thing They’re Dead:

We shouldn’t really have to explain this. Between great whites, moray eels and 160-foot long Voltron-jellyfish already in the ocean, it’s scary enough to go swimming without a beast from the Old Testament sniffing around for your blood.

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