Most of us believe that anacondas and polar bears are huge and deadly creatures that are capable of eliminating even the most dangerous foes and dominating the food chain. Or you might think that the teamwork that wolves and lions display is more than enough to make them terrifying creatures that nothing else could ever hope to match. However, as mighty as the predators of today might be, they’re nothing in comparison to the monsters that used to roam our earth thousands of years ago. In fact, they’re so deadly that we’re glad they’re extinct in our day; otherwise, they could have caused a whole lot of trouble in today’s world! Not all of them are from the same era, but that doesn’t make any of them less scary – we’re lucky to have never faced such things, although our ancestors may have had to deal with some of them in the past.
If you thought the King Cobra or pythons were the stuff of nightmares, then we can’t imagine what your reaction might be to the Titanoboa. If you’ve seen the second Harry Potter movie, The Chamber of Secrets, then you’re probably familiar with the basilisk. Well, this thing is perhaps the closest that we’ve ever gotten to having a real-life basilisk. It weighed up to as much as 2,500 pounds and was 40 feet long on average (it was generally longer than that). This creature rose to domination once the dinosaurs had gone extinct, so it missed a whole lot of battles for food with them. However, the reason behind its rising numbers may have been the power void that was created when the dinosaurs died out – they could then be the most fearsome predators around. Had this snake been alive today, it could have eaten up people without even gaining a fraction of the nutrition that it needed.
Great White sharks might be the most dangerous things that we could come across in the oceans these days but in the prehistoric era, the Liopleurodon was one of the creatures that you really had to steer clear of. Of course, that wouldn’t have been an easy job to do whatsoever due to its large and strong fins which it would use to maneuver underwater with extreme speeds and agility. This huge beast was over 30 feet long and could weigh north of 3,500 pounds, making it one of the largest creatures ever! Perhaps the scariest part about its size is that a quarter of it is comprised of its jaw! This thing could easily swallow a human whole without any problems whatsoever.
A competitor to the Liopleurodon, the Mosasaurus was like an obscenely huge crocodile and could make anyone shiver in their boots. It’s huge size alone makes it too difficult for any creature to deal with – it was nearly double the size of the giant Liopleurodon at a huge length of 60 feet! It’s probably lucky for the Liopleurodon that the Mosasaurs lived in a different time period or it would have had a lot of difficulties finding food with such a huge competitor around. As huge as the Mosasaurs is, it could easily swim in water and catch prey due to its powerful fins. If you’ve seen the Jurrasic World movies, you’ve probably seen how this creature would have looked in action, and it’s one of the scariest things that we’ve laid our eyes on.
Chances are that you’ve heard of the Megalodon since it’s pretty popular in movies and even has one to its name. Although it keeps dying in movies, we’re certain things would have been different without a director controlling how things should proceed. Thankfully, this creature went extinct over a million years ago, although we’ve had rumors that one might still be alive. These sharks were so powerful that they chose giant whales as their prey, and bit off their fins to keep them from swimming away.
Knowing that these majestic, yet terrifying, creatures were once all over the world is pretty exciting. While we might never be able to see them with our own eyes, we can still imagine how the world might have been with them around while being in the safety of our current world.