New Caledonia Megalodon Stamp

Carcharocles Megalodon Stamps



Carcharocles megalodon, sometimes called Carcharodon megalodon, was a giant shark similar to, but much larger than, the modern great white shark Carcharodon carcharias. Megalodon may have been the largest predator ever to have lived. The maximum size reached by Megalodon is still debated, but a length of 15 to 20 meters is widely accepted. This means megalodon was at least three times larger than the great white.

Megalodon probably became extinct around the end of the Pliocene about two million years ago. Some believe megalodon is not yet extinct and point to finds of teeth with ages around 11,000 to 24,000 years as well as sightings of large sharks by fishermen. For example, in 1918 lobster fishermen from New Zealand reported spotting a shark whose length they estimated exceeded 30 meters. However, like the great white shark of today, megalodon probably lived in shallow coastal waters. It should have been spotted often if it still existed. See Ben S. Roesch's article which argues against the survival of the megalodon to the present.

Madagascar Whale Shark Stamp
Whale Shark
Madagascar #1282
Issued 1993

The whale shark Rhincodon typus (right) may explain some "megalodon" reports. The whale shark is the largest known fish. It reaches a length of 15m and a weight of 18 metric tons. The top of the whale shark is colored a deep blue while its underside is white. White spots and vertical lines mark its body. The whale shark feeds on small fish and plankton. It is considered harmless to humans. Encounters with a "megalodon" described as covered in white spots probably originate with sightings of the whale shark.

See the Carcharocles megalodon section of my cryptozoology links page for more sites offering information about megalodon.

Selected Megalodon Stamps
Angola Megalodon Stamp
Angola

Scott # 557
Issued 1970

This stamp shows a megalodon tooth.

Dominica Megalodon Miniature Sheet
Dominica

Scott # 1803
Issued 1995

This miniature sheet of twelve stamps depicts extinct animals including megalodon.

New Caledonia Megalodon Tooth Stamp
New Caledonia

Scott # 817
Issued 1999

This stamp shows a megalodon tooth. Megalodon teeth are very popular with fossil collectors.

New Caledonia Megalodon Souvenir Sheet
New Caledonia

Scott # 818
Issued 1999

This Souvenir sheet shows megalodon along with its skull, one of its teeth, and a size comparison to a human being and the great white shark.

Tristan da Cunha Megalodon Miniature Sheet
Tristan da Cunha

Scott # 619a
Issued 1998

The upper left stamp on a miniature sheet of four depicting Atlantic marine fauna of the Miocene era shows megalodon feasting on a dolphin.




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