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    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.

    Leedsichthys, The Largest Fish Ever

    Leedsichthys, The Largest Fish Ever

    [ranking: 10]
    Even though scientists originally overestimated the size of this giant fish by whopping 40 feet, it is still considered to be the largest bony fish ever discovered. In fact, the Leedsichthys was so big that its gill bones have sometimes been mistaken for the bones of pterosaurs. Although they could grow up to 55 feet in length, their great size didn't make them great hunters. Like many sea giants, Leedsichthys survived by feeding on some of the smallest creatures in the sea: Plankton probably made up a majority of their diet, although it??s difficult to pinpoint the feeding habits of an extinct animal. Scientists believe that, even though the largest discovered specimen was around 55 feet, that these animals could likely have grown to be even bigger.

    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.

    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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    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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    Helicoprion, The Spiral-Mouthed Killer

    Helicoprion, The Spiral-Mouthed Killer

    [ranking: 3]
    Terrorizing the seas nearly 300 million years ago, the Helicoprion was a bizarre species of shark that sported one of the craziest sets of teeth in natural history. This unusual feature has been the subject of widespread debate in the scientific community for a century, and it??s easy to see why. The only fossils that have been found of this animal contain sets of spiraled teeth, and scientists are still trying to figure out just how they would have possibly fit into the shark??s mouth.
    What they do know is that, like many modern sharks, the Helicoprion most likely had to replace their teeth pretty regularly. And although many illustrations show the Helicoprion with a buzz-saw mouth, some scientists believe that the tooth-spiral may have actually been located inside the shark??s throat. Others claim it was more like a ratfish than a shark, with its teeth positioned at the rear of its jaw.

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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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