In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Megalodon Shark in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
How to Draw a Megalodon Shark
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Megalodon Shark.
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How to Draw a Megalodon Shark - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Let's draw a Megalodon Shark! Start with a slanting, curving line, going to the right. It should then turn at a point, and slant down and to the left, before turning in to make another point that then turns down and to the right. This forms another point where the line turns into a slanting curve that goes down and to the left.
Step 2: Now put in a circle and a line near the front of the shark to make the eye and the nose. Then put in a lot of little pointy teeth in the mouth.
Step 3: Next comes to gills! These will be 5 vertical lines, that curve slightly in the middle. They will be placed behind the mouth, about midway between the top and bottom of the shark.
Step 4: For the fin and the rest of the back, make another line that slants up and to the left, starting at the end of the back you've already drawn. This line will make a point, turning down and to the left with a slight curve. Then draw a line that goes back, curving slightly, and has a small pointed bump near the rear to make the rest of the back.
Step 5: To make the bottom fin, make two lines that curve out, and then point downwards. The front one should curve back, while the other is mostly up and down with a slight backwards slant. Both should meet in a tip.
Step 6: For the rest of the belly, make a curving line that goes left and curves up. There should be a point about halfway back to make another very small fin on the bottom. The another smaller point will be behind that, near the very left-hand side of the animal.
Step 7: The rear fin is made with four lines. One slanting up and to the left, before connecting at a point to slant down and to the right. This will join with another line that slants down and to the left, curving a bit back as well. The last line will curve, but slant up and to the right to connect to the very bottom of the Shark.
Step 8: Now draw a jagged line that starts in the bottom half of the tail, and goes along the bottom of the shark. It should stop at the fin, and begin again on the other side to be drawn right to the tip of the shark's nose. This is a lighter coloration that Megalodon Sharks have.
Interesting Facts about Megalodon Sharks
Megalodon sharks are extinct fish that were prehistoric sharks. They were around when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. They were the largest of all sharks from that time period. They are in fact the largest sharks to ever live.
Did You Know?
- The teeth of megalodon sharks were seven inches long. Hence their name, which means “giant tooth.” They had thousands of teeth.
- Megalodon sharks were 40 to 70 feet long.
- Megalodon sharks ate prehistoric whales, dolphins, squid, and giant turtles.
- Great white sharks are descendants of megalodon sharks.
- Like modern-day sharks, megalodon sharks were comprised mostly of cartilage, not bone.
- The extremely wide jaws of megalodon sharks are displayed in aquariums across the globe. You can comfortably stand inside the jaw!
There are many guesses as to how the megalodon shark became extinct. At some point, the warm waters where they lived began to cool down. The colder temperatures were probably too cold for the megalodon sharks to survive. A decline in food supply is another reason researchers believe caused the megalodon sharks to become extinct. One of the main staples of their diet, the prehistoric whale, began migrating to colder waters, where megalodon sharks struggled to survive.