Although I’m not in complete agreement with Young Earth Creationism, nor am I a “materialistic Darwinist-Evolutionist”, I do find paleontological digs that turn up old bones to be of interest.
This guy was dug up about two years ago in Svalbard (a Norwegian island way up in the Arctic sea). According to the write-up on him, he is estimated to be about 15m (50 feet) long, with perhaps the first 3-4m of it being a mouth filled with some rather frighteningly sharp teeth. The article says he could easily fit a small car and bite in in half.
I’d say that any polar bears stranded on small ice floes or even a Great White Shark would have been fair game for this fellow.
He might be a fitting creature to how the Bible describes the creature “Leviathan”:
Job Chap. 41 (KJV)
41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before Me?
41:11 Who hath prevented Me, that I should repay him? Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth are terrible round about.
41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. (Seeker’s note: His scales are quite waterproof and pressure-proof, enabling him to dive quite deep)
41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
41:18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. (Seeker’s note: “neesings” means sneezing)
41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
41:21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. (Seeker’s note: vv. 19-21 — he probably had a pyrogenic chemical gland of some sort, perhaps?)
41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. (Seeker’s note: a habergeon is a chain-mail armour shirt)
41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. (Seeker’s note: you might be able to survive beating a crocodile over the head with a hammer or spear it through… but not this guy!)
41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
41:32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. (Seeker’s note: he leaves a HUGE foamy wake in his path)
41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
This is one tough beast the the Lord has made… and I for one am glad that they aren’t to be found alive today in abundance.
How much more should we fear and hold the Lord in reverence, Who created such an awesome creature!