STUTTGART, GERMANY—If you’ve ever wanted to adopt or foster a cute heckin’ doggo, think again. We found a new pet you’re gonna want instead. According to Swansea University in Britain, baby megalodons—a prehistoric giant shark—were six feet in length while they were in the womb.
Holy crap, that’s a big cuddly baby!
But wait. It gets even cuter. These humongous sharks reached that size by snacking on their own siblings to get the proper amount of nutrients necessary.
We’ve fought with out siblings over the last piece of pork chop at the dinner table before, but this is just flat out ridiculous. Nonetheless, we want to cuddle with a baby ‘don, right goddamn now.
How did mother Megalodons carry around such monstrous babies?
Well, mama Megs were also pretty dang big themselves. According to the New York Times, adult Megalodons stretched up to 50 feet in length and weighed over 110,000 pounds. When you’re that big, carrying around a couple of six feet long grubs is no biggie.
Why’d They Eat Their Brothers And Sisters?!
The cannibalistic nature of the big baby sharks actually makes sense when you really think about it. What other food source would provide as much energy as a six foot long baby shark? “It’s this big, calorie-dense, nutritious meal that can help those embryos get bigger, faster,” said Allison Bronson, who studies the evolution of sharks at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
Now, it might be a little bit difficult to find one of these guys now, but if you want to satisfy your craving for a big shark of your own, just watch The Meg starring Jason Statham.
Until then, keep hustling shark-lovers!