Okay, so here’s yet another reason I need that time machine jet sled: So I can go back to the late Miocene epoch, (about 20 plus million years ago) and fish for oncorhynchus rastrosus, otherwise known as the “Sabertooth Salmon.”
This big boy was up to 10 feet long and weighed 300 to 400 pounds. As if that weren’t bad ass enough, ol’ rastrosus rocked some huge 4-inch fangs that extended down from the top of his jaw (bust out the wire leaders and titanium Kwikfish!).
Apparently the Sabertooth Salmon was anadramous, as fossilized remains have been found in central Oregon and in coastal rivers in California. Oddly enough, scientists think that this monster may have actually been a plankton feeder when at sea, suggesting that it was a relative to modern day chum or sockeye. Plankton feeder or not, I’m thinking Kevlar waders may have been in order back in the day!
Here’s what wacky and wonderful wildlife artist Ray Troll thinks it might have looked like (notice the “chummy” resemblance)…