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Recently, it came to my attention that a fellow nerd has gone to the trouble of calculating some statistics behind MegaShark's dramatically captured attack on an airplane. Here's a small version of his info-graphic (I encourage you to visit the blog itself as it has additional details):
As an additional calculation, consider this: ignoring the rather significant drag of the water on MegaShark, using a mass of 34,000 kg (see the comments) and the specified velocity of 709.2 kph, one finds (via Google's units converter) that the kinetic energy (½mv²) of MegaShark at departure of the ocean is about 660 MegaJoules. A ton of TNT has 4184 MegaJoules.
If we now look at the drag on MegaShark right before it leaves the ocean, using 0.001 Pa-s as the dynamic viscosity of water, a cross-sectional diameter of 15 meters for the shark, and the aforementioned velocity of 709.2 kph, we find the drag force to be … about 3 Newtons. OK, that was disappointing, but if we consider that he was traveling for about 1500 meters with this force (the speed was lower initially, of course, but the dynamic viscosity was higher since the water was both denser and colder), we find an additional energy requirement of 4.5 Kill-o-Joules. OK, that was also disappointing. Anyways, my point in all of this is that WKW had better watch his back, if there's anything left of it.
Update: If instead of using the 34,000 kg found in the comments, I use the 240 tons specified in the info-graphic, I find that the kinetic energy is slightly over 4200 MegaJoules. I.e., he slightly outclasses a ton of TNT.