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Carcharodon megalodon by highdarktemplar Carcharodon megalodon by highdarktemplar
another commission. DO NOT USE FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND

I'm not really sure about the scientific name of this guy, some describes it as Carcharocles but seems like an old taxonomic name, others as Carcharodon... well as I said before I'm no paleontologist, I just paint prehistoric animals. I took as reference the white shark, since sharks haven't changed too much over the years...

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jakersrampage Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I really like that watermark right through the middle. Not distracting at all. 
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Agawaer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
"Perhaps of all the monsters, the giant shark is the most enduring. It incorporates virtually every element that we require of our mythological sea beasts: great size, mysterious habits, verified anthropophagous inclinations (i.e., attacking and eating humans), and a history that goes back to the beginnings of recorded time. More than Leviathan, more than the sea serpent, more than the Kraken, Megalodon may be the ultimate monster." - Richard Ellis, Monsters of the Sea

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crown1995 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Omg sharks are just so feakin perfect.  It's like millions of years and what do you have to show for yourself?  Oh just small change!  It was just right on the first try?  Well then, don't aim for the stars, aim to be like a shark.
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
The great monster of the deep, the original jaws.  Nice work!
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Lovely :D
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Sequito-Equitis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I vaguely recall that many experts cheat and call it C. Megalodon so as not to take sides in the Carcharocles/Carcharodon debate, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.  A quick check of Wikipedia claims the debate is still ongoing, but I trust Wikipedia even a bit less than my memories of undergrad.

No matter how you parse the name, your rendering of it is very cool.  All that's missing is some sort of unmistakable size reference like a Sperm Whale or perhaps one of the great Baleen whales, but I'm betting the client wasn't interested in that. 

There's been a bumper crop of Megalodon art ever since Discovery Channel aired a docu-fiction arguing that Megalodon is behind some attacks on fishing boats and whales -- in my eyes your is the very best so far and I'm betting it won't be topped any time soon.
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TheOracleDragon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Scars and battle worn, this one clearly shows he/she has survived many things and came out on top. Details of the shark and that of the area are perfect. You can almost hear the Jaws theme playing, great job! :D
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highdarktemplar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ah jaws... hahah right, about three times bigger or more
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TheOracleDragon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the nightmare of Jaws, never go into the water, ever! Hah. :)
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highdarktemplar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't
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