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Carcharocles Megalodon by RAPHTOR Carcharocles Megalodon by RAPHTOR
Mah new take on our beloved meg. Wanted to stay away from the typical giant great white shark portrayal and stick to a body shape that is still somewhat plausible... Let me know what you think :/
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katerinaaqu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
Amazing job with the detail! I loved the blue background and the details of the fish and the whales around and even the shine on meg's body is so detailed! I am really impressed!
Also you have no idea how much I love you for the detail not to make him great white shark-like like we do see this creature in movies or even in documentaries. It is true that the only thing we see from this creature is its teeth so we can never know how it truly looked like unless it were possible for a fossle to be found. Even so, the megalodon has different teeth structure than the great white shark so researchers believe that the megalodon is not ansestor of the great white shark but of some other species. Taking this under consideration I find the image of white shark's inaccurate for the megalodon so the fact that you made it that way makes it really interesting and even more accurate in my eyes. Well done!
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Diamondshark9 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seems very bull sharkish, and stubby snout. Again we don't have any remains besides teeth from megalodon so I don't know how accurate it is, but I think it's a amazing look
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katerinaaqu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
Indeed we can never know but still this "great white shark" image they give him usually might not be so accurate because the megalodon has different teeth structure than the white shark so it is not the ansestor of a great white shark but most likely some other species of shark. 
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hamburgercranium Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
I like it, it looks like a whale shark after it went to a heavy metal concert 
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Relagon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018
Fantastic design. I love the beefed up tail and more snubbed nose. You have managed to make it look plausible while still retaining that good old feeling of power a Meg should display.
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Odme1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
you got yourself a new fan. I fucking love sharks
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ArcticDoge Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is super good, i could NEVER do this...
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DilophosaurusFan666 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
I noticed this was included in the "Browse What's Hot" section of the site; congratulations! 
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always nice to see people doing something else than just scaling up a great white.

For a moment I thought you had given it eye parasites like in sleeper sharks.
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Artevo-Des-Lavabo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this shape inspired of any existing sharks ?
It looks great though !
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Banjoker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Big shark.  Small whales?  Was it that Megalodon could get to 30 meters?
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D-Juan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student General Artist
The whales are probably Cetotherium, which were 12 m long.
Currently Carcharocles megalodon is estimated to be 15 - 20 m
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Banjoker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So, small whales, big shark.
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DragonNight430 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
most places say 18-20 meters
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Banjoker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah!
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Banjoker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's still a lot of meters.
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POOLFMAN Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Great job. I like it
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LVCalidianus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
It's pretty metal.
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opova Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE this is hardcore!!!! love it!!
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SpeculaTimsauru5 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
now that is a beast!! :P LOOKS AWESOME!! :)
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DBrentOGara Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Nothing like a Megalodon to strike fear into the heart of anything that ever lived. :nod: I like the wider mouth and thick body, very fun!
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats of being creative on the Megalodon. I too, getting tired of a generic great white appearance. 
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Winter-Wendigo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I love this, it's almost Whaleshark-esque with that smooth tummy and the fin shapes. I love it.
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Connor-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
Looks like the Mega from the new movie trailer of "The Meg"
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Brutonyx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018   Traditional Artist
Except that the movie one is more or less just a brown great white shark with a somehow shorter snout
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Connor-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Well I mean...isn't a Megalodon usually depicted as a slightly different great white?
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Brutonyx Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018   Traditional Artist
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Connor-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
I like that quite a bit more. And to be fair I said usually. Not always.
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siversson Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Which os basically Gottfried 1996 reconstruction of megalodon.
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Brutonyx Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018   Traditional Artist
Yep
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HollyberryMantis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
In my opinion, no sea monster in prehistory was ever more terrifying than Megalodon!
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usoutlaw Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
looks like a titanic bull shark
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Newworlds117 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the broader head. It kinda reminds of a demented whale shark
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Mcraelodon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not likely
white sharks are an excellent BASE for megalodon but the teeth are different and obviously would be more robust
any lamnid is a good inspiration for color 
lighting is nice and even if its not accurate it still looks like a plausible animal
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Brutonyx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018   Traditional Artist
I wouldn't call it inaccurate, after all we just have some teeth of this animal.
Keep in mind that, according to new studies, Megalodon wasn't a species of Carcharodon (like the extant Carcharodon carcharias) but it belonged to another genus, Carcharocles: this means that Megalodon wasn't as closely related with great white sharks as previously thought (it seems that their closest relatives today are actually mako sharks) and the supposed similiarities in dentition between them are just superficial. Also big animals aren't scaled vertions of their smaller closed relatives: their body plan changes according to their size, with some organs becoming bigger and other smaller, for example it's possibile that, like other big sharks like whale sharks today, Megalodon had a big tail fluke and smaller ventral fins to reduce drag.
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Mcraelodon Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know it isnt a species of carcharodon, we have known it wasnt for a long time
also whale sharks arent a good comparison to megalodon
they have very different bauplans 
basking sharks are much closer phylogenetically and in bauplan to megalodon than whale sharks 
also the similarities in dentition ARE convergent but the rest of the shark would still look pretty similar megalodon is current placed within the lamnif group along with other otodontids, baking them closer to porbeagles, salmon sharks, makos, and white sharks than to any other living sharks
also the largest sharks alive today are filter feeders and not large raptorial predators which makes them not good comparisons in the first place
either way using any lamnid is a good base for C/O. megalodon
its up in the air if megalodon should be considered otodus instead of carcharocles, even though i am of the stance carcharocles is valid i must acknowledge it is a possibility  
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Brutonyx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018   Traditional Artist
I'm not talking about the ENTIRE bauplan, of course they had different lifestyles and adaptations, but some features, like reduced ventral fins and bigger tale fluke (that are common both in whale sharks and basking sharks) whould be very useful for Megalodon locomotion. Great white shark bauplan works well for their size, but a shark the size of megalodon would have different proportions, for example bigger animals tend to have small eyes. I think this is a good representation of this qbliviens.deviantart.com/art/T…
Phylogeny is useful, but you can't simply put a generic lamniform and oversize it without considering its biology.
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Mcraelodon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok but that's based a study that base does about length on overall robustness 
the snout isn't too shorten even fin they used that stuff study 
large sharks don't have barnacles since there are none that specialize in attaching to large sharks 
their dermal denticles prevent a majority of skin parasites that other animals have
Even if they had a bigger tail it should still hen highly lunate, the dorsal fin wouldn't be that small, based onj niche,phylogeny, And Just looking at large sharks today. 
And the general anatomy of that megalodon Isn't good at all
neck isn't like long and gills a arent big enough since larger animals have larger gills because they require More surface area to gather enough oxygen it looks more like a blimp than an actual shark
also using a general lamniforme bodyplan is good because allow the lamniformes that have arrived at that white shark like shape arrived at it independently because the basal condition of lamniformes Is the sand tiger like being bodyplan
we know this because otodontaspis (smalltooth sand tiger) is more closley related to basking sharks and to megamouths sharks than to carcharias (sand tiger shark) obviously it had smaller eyes
i know my sharks
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Brutonyx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018   Traditional Artist
Okay then let's take a totally different direction
What do you think about this representation?
titanlizard.deviantart.com/art…
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Mcraelodon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
doesnt look based on modern lamniforms 
looks more like a weird squaliforme 
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional Writer
Honestly I like this more than the traditional appearance we see of Megalodon. It at once looks like a shark while also looking slightly alien and thereby more threatening and ominous.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
a nice varient that is likely closer to what it looked like i imagine
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Kaijufan113 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Starring Jason Statham
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TLM1743 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
wow!!
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mcfuckit Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done
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Crynosur Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
A stubbed nose would be pretty accurate for a beast that rams whales!
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MelodicChronic Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice! A crazy predator the size of a whale. Love those things.
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TwitchingFool0 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
As you said, it is nice to see a Megaldon that isn't a giant Great White. I would've loved to see an accurate one but it'll likely never happen.
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Adoptablewing Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! 
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Like the flat headed take on the design. Very much like a Whale Shark.
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