Good day everyone! Today you will discover one of the biggest arthropods ever to have inhabited our planet. Today’s monster is the extinct giant sea scorpion Jaekelopterus rhenaniae.
This giant arthropod is arguably the biggest Arthropod ever except maybe for Arthropleura an enormous extinct millipede. It lived 390 million years ago and it is estimated Jaekelopterus grew to be around 2.5 meters long (8.2 feet) long, but I’ve also posted a picture to give a better picture of this sea scorpion’s size!
Jaekelopterus belongs to the group called sea scorpions but it’s actually a bit misleading name because it is believed to have lived in freshwater swamps, rivers and lakes rather than saltwater. The sea scorpions haven’t appeared in as many movies and games as they deserve. But one show that did some justice to these creatures was Sea Monsters a 3 part Walking with Dinosaurs special hosted by zoologist Nigel Marven, though as far as I can remember only a smaller species appeared in that show.
So guys, what extinct monster would you like to see next? :)