These monstrous sharks were some of the largest predators in the ocean. They ranged in sizes of 20 to 65 feet (6.1 to 20 meters) in length, with the larger sizes being more prevalent in ancient times, and weighed between 10‒60 tons (9,100‒54,000 kg). Some were rumored to even reach lengths of 80 to 90 feet (24 to 27 meters).
Megalodons would go into frenzies when blood was in their watery habitats. However, whenever this occured it was due to fishermen or other creatures hunting large aquatic life like whales. This is because their habit of swallowing prey whole almost never left any blood in the ocean.
Megalodons had very keen senses. They could smell from up to a 1 mile (1,600 meters) away and sense motions from up to the same distance. They also could see around itself in a radius of 180 feet (55 meters).
These sharks could leap as high as 40 feet (12 meters) out of the water. Much like other species of shark, megalodons needed to be constantly moving in order to force sufficient oxygen-rich water through their gills. Thus they would die if held immobile for a prolonged period. The other natural weakness of sharks shared by this species was that their thick, flexible cartilage tissue offered poor protection for their internal organs.
Rumors & Legends
Megaladons lived either solitarily or in packs of up to five or twenty members.
Megalodons were a carnivorous species. They were capable of swallowing some species of whale whole and would leap out of the water to bite at low-flying rocs. They were even known to attack members of their own species.
Outside of the Prime Material plane, there were fiendish megalodons that inhabited an ocean within the Gaping Maw layer of the Abyss. They could also occasionally be found in Draga Salt-Biter's domain of Saragoss in the Domains of Dread.
- Iakhovas, an ancient wereshark megalodon that was known for his highly destructive attacks on several coastal cities, including Waterdeep.
- Obliteros, an awakened giant shark who hunted in the depths of Deepwater Harbor in Waterdeep in the late-15th century DR.
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