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    Livyatan Melvillei, The Whale That Ate Whales

    Livyatan Melvillei, The Whale That Ate Whales

    [ranking: 7]
    Named after Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, Livyatan melvillei was a massive species of sperm whale that is believed to have preyed on primarily baleen whales. This creature lived only 12-13 million years ago, which is frighteningly recent when it comes to the span of geological time. And while it is estimated to have been about the size of a modern sperm whale, it had foot-long teeth that suggest its food of choice was quite a bit bigger than your average squid.
    Modern sperm whales hunt by using suction - basically sucking prey directly into their giant mouths. Livyatan, however, most likely hunted in a fashion similar to that of orca whales, biting and tearing at their prey. And, yes, a human being could easily fit inside of Livyatan's mouth, making the whale in Melville??s beloved novel seem a lot less fictional.

    Liopleurodon, A Reptilien Behemoth

    Liopleurodon, A Reptilien Behemoth

    [ranking: 5]
    The Liopleurodon was a giant marine reptile and one of the fiercest predators of the Jurassic period. These massive sea monsters could grow up to 30 feet in length (although some fossils suggest even larger sizes) and had sizeable teeth that would have made a quick meal out of most marine life.
    Despite its size, scientists estimate this reptile probably swam surprisingly fast, and like many sharks, Liopleurodon had an excellent sense of smell, which it used to locate prey. While this all may sound intimidating, chances are Liopleurodon was not even the largest animal in its class; that title most likely goes to Kronosaurus.

    Mosasaurus, A Ferocious Prehistoric Predator

    Mosasaurus, A Ferocious Prehistoric Predator

    [ranking: 4]
    The Mosasaurus became an international celebrity after its breakout performance in Jurassic World, and the real-life version is just as impressive. These giant reptiles could likely swallow most of their prey whole but preferred slicing meals into bite-sized morsels with their backward-bending teeth.
    Paleontologists have been studying these animals for years, and a recent discovery has shed new light on the early lives of mosasaurs. Researchers examined two baby mosasaurs and learned that they actually spent their early lives in the open ocean. This discovery has led some scientists to believe that mosasaurs gave birth to live young.
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    Ichthyosaurs, The Jurassic Dolphin

    Ichthyosaurs, The Jurassic Dolphin

    [ranking: 11]
    Another of Mary Anning's discoveries was the Ichthyosaurs, a marine reptile that looked eerily similar to a modern-day dolphin. This is due to a process known as convergent evolution, which happens when species that are not related to each other evolve to have similar body shapes. 
    Ichthyosaurs also share similar body traits with mackerel and tuna, the fastest living fish in the sea, and it is believed that ichthyosaurs were incredibly speedy. Their powerful tails have the same crescent shape and were likely assisted by powerful muscles, allowing them to reach super fast speeds.

    Dunkleosteus, An Armored Death Machine

    Dunkleosteus, An Armored Death Machine

    [ranking: 2]
    This ancient fish lived 400 million years ago, but its bite has stood the test of time. Scientists believe the Dunkleosteus had the strongest bite of any fish ever discovered - one that could be compared to the bite of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Scientists have crunched the numbers and determined that, just at the tip of its fang, this fish??s bite could measure at 8,000 pounds per square inch. They were absolute apex predators, preying on sharks and basically anything it could catch (everything). Dunkleosteus was also 33 feet long from tooth to tail and covered in thick armor-like plating, making it one of the ocean??s first giant predators.

    Megalodon, The Whale-Sized Shark

    Megalodon, The Whale-Sized Shark

    [ranking: 1]
    Measuring at more than 50 feet long, the megalodon was the largest known shark of all time. Their jaws alone were large enough for a full-grown person to walk through with ease, and they used those jaws to hunt whales. To put it in perspective, researcher Peter Klimey with the University of California at Davis said, "A great white is about the size of the clasper, or penis, of a male megalodon.??
    Scientists believe that megalodons hunted whales by first ripping off their tails and fins - immobilizing their prey so they could more easily feast. It is also believed that the extinction of these giant sharks is what allowed whales to reach the enormous sizes that they are known for today. Researchers confirmed that the last megalodon died only 2.6 million years ago, right around the same time the evolution of the first humans began to take place.
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The ocean is massive - and the creatures lurking beneath its surface can grow to sizes that would be impossible on land. Whales are the largest living creatures in the sea, but these gentle giants were preceded by some of the scariest sea monsters of all time. The fossil record is full of scary sea animals that would make Jaws look like a little guppy in comparison - so many that it’s a miracle that none of them are alive today (maybe). 

Giant fish, sharks, and reptiles dominated the oceans for millions of years, becoming the apex predators of one of the craziest and most diverse environments on our planet. Sea scorpions the size of crocodiles swam in the same waters as massive armored fish who could bite a great white in half. The oldest sea creatures were more terrifying than anything cartographers ever doodled onto their maps. These are some of the deadliest creatures of all time, the ones who epitomize the phrase “there’s always a bigger fish.”

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