Most powerful bite

By | 2017-10-12T19:47:08+00:00 May 20, 2017|Biology, Records|

Most powerful bite

Last updated: October 12, 2017 at 19:47 pm

In 2012, researchers at the University of South Florida estimated that the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) has a biting force of 3 metric tons (6,000 lbs). The white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has a biting force of 1.8 metric tons (two tons), more than three times that of the bite of an African lion and more than 20 times that of a human. In 2008, researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney estimated that the extinct megalodon shark (Carcharocles megalodon) had a biting force up to five times that of the bull shark. That would make it even more powerful that the Tyrannosaurus rex, a dinosaur which had a maximum biting force of 3.1 metric tons (3.42 tons).

SOURCE:
Habegger, M.L., Motta, P.J., Huber, D.R. and Dean, M.N. (2012). Feeding biomechanics and theoretical calculations of bite force in bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) during ontogeny. Zoology. 115:354-364

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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