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CGTPL Metriorhynchus
Metriorhynchus
Vital statistics
Attributes Marine crocodile; streamlined body; powerful fluke
Diet Leedsichthys, smaller marine animals
Fossil finds Europe
South America
Temporal fossil range Jurassic
160 to 150mya
Other names
Production information
Notable individuals
TV appearances Sea Monsters: To Hell and Back?
Book appearances

Metriorhynchus was a marine crocodile from the Jurassic. Unlike most crocodiles, this creature spent the vast majority of its life in water.

Physical appearance and biologyEdit

Metriorhynchus was a marine crocodile. Instead of possessing feet and claws, it had flippers. It had a streamlined body, with a few of the scaly lumps and bumps that modern crocodiles possess. Its tail was large and powerful, and would have propelled it gracefully through the water by the use of a strong, sideways-sweeping motion.

Behaviour and traitsEdit

Metriorhynchus was a very versatile predator that would hunt anything from ammonites to giant fish like Leedsichthys. They are also been known to hunt flying pterosaurs like Rhamphorhynchus. However, Metriorhynchus was at risk of being eaten itself by larger predators like Liopleurodon.

Metriorhynchus only came onto land to lay its eggs. It would drag itself onto land using its flippers like giant turtles. Immediately after laying its eggs, Metriorhynchus would return to the water. Its young would face the hazardous journey to the water when they were born.

In Sea MonstersEdit

The Second Deadliest Sea EverEdit

A Metriorhynchus, as well as a Hybodus, repeatedly attacked a sick Leedsichthys and tore off lumps of its flesh.  It then investigated Nigel Marven and attempted to nip him but he managed to knock it away.

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List of appearancesEdit

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