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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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Saberrex Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
not entirely true. you should see some of the bizarre prehistoric sharks like Stethacanthus and Falcatus. those are sharks unlike any you'll see today, what with the odd spines and ironing board dorsal fin. some were even stranger than that, like Edestus the scissor tooth shark and Helicoprion, the whorl-tooth shark. sharks have been evolving just as long as they've been present; a full 430 million years and they will continue to do so so long as they are around.
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crown1995 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Those were some crazy sick sharks, thanks for that visual search.  Though I think the sharks you named are but extreme variations that didn't nail the most suitable form for the dynamic environment in which it lived in, evidenced by us calling these types of sharks bizarre.  These aren't typical shark forms, and what I assume we know as a typical shark forms deeply resemble there predecessors.  Of course sharks still evolve, but I say that evolution promotes life that fits in its environment and suppresses those that don't.  So my amazement is that sharks are not benefited greatly through changes in there form, because there present form is so good at surviving to produce offspring.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
All those sharks were well adapted, but just not good with changes such as extinction. Modern sharks didn't really start appearing until well into the cretaceous. you wouldn't believe how strange some of those prehistoric species were, aside from the ones i've mentioned. Orthacanthus, Listracanthus, Hybodus; those are not sharks that embody the shape we associate either with modern species. Bulls, hammerheads, tiger sharks and the like; their ancestors don't appear until halfway into the age of mammals. what we consider to be typical sharks were late comers to the evolution scene for that group of fish.
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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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razort300 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
cool
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BlackDonner Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a sweetie.  La la la la
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