Calling Liopleurodon magical may seem silly but in Walking With Dinosaurs and Primeval’s case, that description would be quite fitting.
Liopleurodon was actually about 6-7 metres long, possibly 10, but probably no more than that. So the idea it could pluck a Eustreptospondylus off the land is obviously make-believe. A 25 METRE Liopleurodon is just going to far.
The source of this nonsense comes from one man, Tim Haines. This guy worked on the “Walking with” series and is co-creator and executive producer of Primeval. When asked why the Liopleurodon is so big he said something along he lines of “Just because we haven’t found one yet, doesn’t mean they didn’t get that large”. Yeah, just because we haven’t found a Unicorn, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Oh by the way, Santa doesn’t exist. (Maybe its quite fitting to have an oversized Liopleurodon living with Unicorns!)
It’s not a surprise then that another magical Liopleurodon (Actually there were 3) attacked a nuclear submarine. Oh, and living with him was this:
So what is it? Apparently Tim Haines confirmed that the Balaur which will appear in Episode 5.3 will be coloured black with red eyes, as a joke because it comes from Transylvania. Oddly the dino in 5.3 is a Dromaeosaurus so many say the one in 5.2 is a Balaur, as it fits the description. Others say it is a Eustreptospondylus. Balaur did have a third, useless digit on its hand, which would have been visible if the animal had no feathers, like this freak of nature. But unfortunately, it had neither in Primeval!
Poor Eustreptospondylus, remembered through time as “that dino which was grabbed from the water’s edge”. While I still find people on YouTube and various Forums who still think Liopleurodon is King. Sad really.