today i learned – sat 17th nov 2018

got another sea fact for you today 😏 watched the meg and got inspired 😂

#tdil of the existence (well … it used to be a thing) of a shark-like creature that basically had a buzzsaw in its mouth 🙃

yep, that’s right – a buzzsaw. basically, imagine taking a great white shark, making it bigger and then sticking a giant buzzsaw in its mouth 😭.

this mental animal was called ‘helicoprion’ and it died out a really long time ago #phew. due to the mad 360-degree spiral of teeth that sat in its mouth, it was nicknamed the ‘buzzsaw killer’ 😅.

initially, due to the fact that only partial fossils had been found, it was thought that the buzzsaw killer was just 10 to 13 feet in length … nawww cute 🙊. not exactly, recent studies concluded that it was actually more likely to be 30 to 40 feet in length – you know, casually double the size of even the biggest great white on record 😳.

from its mad saw to its size, everything about helicoprion is pretty ridiculous … like, we’re talking about a fish that used what is basically a circular saw to cut its prey up?! as you can probably imagine, it really confused the peeps who first discovered it 🙈.

the confusion was compounded by the fact that initial findings were little more than a partial fossilised ‘tooth whorl’ … not much to go on 😕. there were all sorts of theories about where the saw-like fossil would have originated – the founders thought it was probably a defensive mechanism; it was only recently that it was determined the saw lived in the mouth.

you’ll notice that i’ve been referring to the buzzsaw killer as a ‘fish’ and not a ‘shark’ … that’s because, despite being similar to sharks, it actually belongs to a different fishy species.

helicoprion is actually classed as a ‘chimaera’ – a deep sea fish with a big head, big eyes and a supplementary sexual organ on its forehead 😂 (i couldn’t not include that 😅).

boom! you’re now smarter than you were five minutes ago 😏 #yourewelcome. granted, this was a fairly brief explanation of helicoprion but i feel that i got the important bits in!

i’m going to leave you with that and have chainsaw fuelled nightmares 🙃

night!! 🤙🏻 #tdil

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today’s little fact was pretty little … but it was pretty awesome #smallbutmighty 🦈. if you’d like to read more posts like this, you should go ->here<-

(images! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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