The trailer for The Meg is finally out! I have been waiting for this for a long time because I am a huge fan of the original book. If you are afraid of sharks, then Megalodon will give you a nervous breakdown because it is Jaws on a $#!% load of steroids! I look forward to this film and see the mightiest shark that every lived rise from the tempest!
The largest fish that ever lived was the Jurassic fish, Leedsichtys. Leedsichtys was about 90 feet in length and was a filter feeder like basking sharks and certain species of whales. It was a favorite food item for large predators such as Liopleurodon. Imagine how much caviar and sushi you could get from just one of these creatures. That would be enough meat to feed a village for over a year. I may include this gentle giant in the infinite ocean of my fantasy world.
Before there were crabs, lobsters, or crayfish, there were sea scorpions. These were common predators 450 million years ago and ranged in size from 8 inches to 8 feet in length. One species known as Brontoscorpio was one of the first species of animal to develop lungs that work out of the water and had a stinger the size of a lightbulb. Most of the descendants of this creature are long dead. The closest thing to sea scorpion that still survives to this day is the horseshoe crab. If you were a fisherman, imagine hauling a whole net-full of these creatures. Because of their size, I can imagine the Deadliest Catch guys making a fortune with a single haul of these sea scorpions. If you were to cook a sea scorpion, I can imagine it being similar in smell, taste, and texture to crab or lobster. I shall, therefore, order some crab or lobster next time I go to my family’s favorite restaurant, Captain Jack’s. If I can do that, I can incorporate sea scorpions into my fantasy series as a delicacy for the coastal kingdoms of Gradaia.
I have been shaking the cobwebs off my knowledge of prehistory and I remembered a beast that would make an ideal sea serpent for my fantasy series: Tylosaurus! If you want to draw inspiration for sea monsters in your stories, the prehistoric oceans were overflowing with all kinds of sea monsters both big and small. Tylosaurus was one of the largest carnivorous marine reptiles that ever lived, reaching up to 50 to 60 feet in length! They were the undisputed kings of the late Cretaceous seas, eating anything and everything they could sink their teeth into including other mosasaurs. I thought it would be fitting for these beasts to be sea serpents in my fantasy series because they are not just large, carnivorous, marine reptiles. They are also direct ancestors of snakes and lizards. If you think sharks are the most terrifying monsters the seven seas have ever seen, wait until you see this leviathan swimming past your boat! In a fantasy world, slaying one of these monstrosities would automatically make you a legend and a Monster Slayer like Numen Magnus.
Easily the most terrifying prehistoric creature would be Megalodon, the ancestor of the great white shark. While the largest great white shark was over twenty feet in length, Megalodon was three times that size at 60 feet! Its jaws had a bite radius was roughly three yards across and its teeth were seven inches long. As Quint from Jaws would say, “This shark swallow you whole!” Still, Jaws is a mere sardine compared to Megalodon. Megalodon was so big and powerful that it most fed on whales. When the climate changed and the whales migrated further north, Megalodon’s food supply eventually ran out, which resulted in its extinction.
In various forms of mythology, there was mention of a mighty sea serpent known as the Leviathan. Since I am drawing inspiration from prehistoric wildlife for my fantasy series, I am thinking of making Megalodon the Leviathan. Imagine how medieval galleys and longships would react when they see this monster swimming past them. Gives me the goosebumps!
I am thinking of including some prehistoric wildlife in my fantasy world as I continue to write. Here is an example: the Entelodont, ancestor of the pig. This was the biggest pig who ever lived and was about four feet tall at the shoulder. If you think wild boars are dangerous and aggressive wait until you come face-to-face with this beast! Like modern pigs, Entelodonts were omnivores and ate everything in sight. If you go spear hunting for this creature, you are going to need two to three times as many teammates, weapons, and hounds than you would a normal hog. On the upside, imagine how much pork and bacon you would get from this hogzilla and how much BBQ sauce you would need. It is a fun thought to toy with as I write the next volume of my fantasy series.
For some time I have been planning to build the setting of my fantasy book around a supercontinent. A supercontinent is essentially the only giant landmass on a planet. The most famous supercontinent is Pangea, which eventually broke apart into the seven continents that exist today. I like the idea of a supercontinent because is symbolizes a form of unity. If Pangea never broke apart, our nations would have been brought closer together. In my fantasy book, the supercontinent will be divided up into many kingdoms under a single empire. This would be similar to how England and Ireland were divided up into petty kingdoms. Due to my past as a prehistory buff, this would be a good way to reconnect with the distant past.
At first, I thought of including dinosaurs in my fantasy book. However, I am now thinking of including dinosaur-like creatures of my own design. They will not be creatures that exist in the real-life fossil record, but they will possess traits from multiple prehistoric species. Essentially, I plan to combine a number of similarly built creatures in order to create animals that would only exist in my fantasy world. For example, I am planning to combine features from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, etc into one of the most feared beasts in my fantasy world. Also, some of these creatures will be beasts of burden, others would serve as livestock, and some will serve as either pets or mounts. It is going to be an interesting process as I continue writing.
Velociraptors have gained a great deal of fame in the Jurassic Park films. However, some people don’t know that the real-life velociraptors were significantly smaller than the ones in Jurassic Park; being no larger than hound dogs. Still, despite their small size, velociraptors were as fast as they were deadly. I also like the fact that they may have had feathers because it would further connect them with modern birds.
When the whales first began, they were amphibious, crocodile-like creatures who lived in rainforests. A few million years later, whales evolved into something similar to their modern descendants. One such example is this creature: Basilosaurus. This animal was four times the size of a great white shark and ruled the oceans that existed after the dinosaurs. Their diet included smaller whales such as the dolphin-like Dorudon and any creature that was unfortunate enough to wander too far away from shore. Basilosaurus put the modern orcas to shame!