Binomen Rhedosaurus
Average height 10 meters
Sapience Non-sapient
Aggressivity Extreme
Habitat Prehistoric Arctic
Diet Carnivore
Lifespan Centuries
Subspecies N/A
Status Extinct
Behind the Scenes
Universe The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Designed by Ray Harryhausen

Rhedosaurus is a large dinosaur that attacked New York in 1953.


Far north of the Arctic Circle, a nuclear bomb test, dubbed Operation Experiment, is conducted. The explosion awakens a 9.1 meter (30 feet) tall, 30.5 meter (100 feet long) long carnivorous diapsid known as the Rhedosaurus, thawing it out of the ice where it had been hibernating for 100 million years.

The Beast starts making its way down the east coast of North America, sinking a fishing ketch off the Grand Banks, destroying another near Marquette, Canada, wrecking a lighthouse in Maine, and crushing buildings in Massachusetts. The Beast eventually comes ashore in Manhattan, and after tearing through power-lines attacks the city. The Beast's rampage causes the death of 180 people, injures 1,500 and does $300 million worth of damage.

Arriving on the scene, the military troops of Col. Jack Evans, blast a bazooka hole in the Beast's throat and drive it back into the sea. Unfortunately, it bleeds all over the streets, unleashing a horrible, virulent prehistoric germ, which begins to contaminate the populace, causing even more fatalities. The germ precludes blowing the Beast up or burning it, lest the contagion spread. Thus it is decided to shoot a radioactive isotope into the Beast's neck wound with hopes of burning the Rhedosaurus up from the inside, killing it.

When the Beast comes ashore and attacks the Coney Island amusement park, military sharpshooter Corporal Stone takes the potent radioactive isotope launcher, (it is the only one of its kind outside of Oak Ridge so he can't miss), and climbs onboard a rollercoaster. Riding the coaster to the top of the tracks so he can get to eye-level with the Rhedosaurus, he fires the isotope into the Beast's wound. The Beast lets out a horrible scream and crashes to the ground dead, with the surrounding park ablaze.


  • This creature is based on the unnamed sea monster featured in Ray Bradbury's short story "The Fog Horn".
  • The rhedosaurus is one of the inspirations for another monster in the classic 1954 Japanese kaiju film, Godzilla.