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With a maximum length of 25 metres, this creature was the largest carnivore to ever exist. Its incomprehensible size and strength made it indestructible to any attack.
Physical appearance and biology
Liopleurodon was a very large pliosaur. It had the fundamental characteristics of the typical pliosaur, such as a large, heavy skull supported by a short neck. Its jaws carried a row of protruding, needle-sharp teeth. It also had powerful nostrils which were used to pinpoint the scent of its prey.
Each of Liopleurodon's four flippers was three metres in length. By alternately flapping its flippers, it managed to propel its huge bulk effortlessly through the Jurassic waters.
The colouration of a Liopleurodon was very similar to that of a great white shark's. It had black scales on the top half of its body, probably to camouflage it from prey above it. Meanwhile, on the other half of its body, there were white scales that would camouflage it from prey below it.
Behaviour and traits
Classification and ancestory
In Sea Monsters
Liopleurodon was one of the few creatures featured in the Walking with Dinosaurs pilot. Like in its appearance in Cruel Sea, the animal ended up beached on the shore.
Behind the scenes
List of appearances
- Walking with Dinosaurs
- Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History
- Sea Monsters
- Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Predators of the Deep
- Sea Monsters Adventure Game
- Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside Their World
Notes and references