Swimming Sharptooth
Plesiosaur angry

Presumably Male




Slate Gray (original)
Brown (remastered)

Eye color






Voice actor

Frank Welker (stock sound effects only)

First appearance

The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists

Last appearance

The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists

A "Swimming Sharptooth" (Hydrotherosaurus) makes a small appearance in The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists. It lives in the Mysterious Beyond, and possibly lives in a river area, as it appears there in the film.


It appears near the end of the film, after Ichy and Dil part ways. After Dil swats away Ichy with her tail, she bumps into the Hydrotherosaurus, who subsequently chases the Deinosuchus away. It is unknown if Dil survived the encounter, or if she was ultimately eaten by the much larger plesiosaur. It is likely that she did not escape the much faster and keen sighted Hydrotherosaurus.


  • The swimming sharptooth's color is brown instead of gray as of the 2014 remastered DVD re-release of the sequels.
  • The Hydrotherosaurus is the fourth Swimming Sharptooth to appear in The Land Before Time franchise.
  • This Hydrotherosaurus is the first and so far only one of its species in the franchise.
  • It is the first plesiosaur to appear in the franchise.
  • It bears a slight resemblance to the famous Loch Ness Monster that is believed to live in Loch Ness, Scotland.
  • The Hydrotherosaurus looks similar to a real Elasmosaurus, but Elsie, who is confirmed to be an Elasmosaurus from The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, looks different, due to her having a crest on her head.



Sharpteeth in The Land Before Time, in order of appearance:
Sharptooth (character) | Chomper | Papa Sharptooth | Mama Sharptooth | Fast Biters (The Time of the Great Giving) | Dil | Swimming Sharptooth (Journey Through the Mists) | Swimming Sharptooth (The Mysterious Island) | Sharptooth Flyer Family (The Mysterious Island) | Plated Sharptooth (The Mysterious Island) | Meanest Sharptooth | Fantasy Sharpteeth (Lone Dinosaur Song) | Browridge Sharptooth (The Secret of Saurus Rock) | Canyon Sharptooth | Fast Biters (The Stone of Cold Fire) | Sharptooth (The Big Freeze) | Sharptooth Swimmer (Journey to Big Water) | Belly Dragger (The Great Longneck Migration) | Sharptooth Pack (The Great Longneck Migration) | Fast Biters (Invasion of the Tinysauruses) | Sailback Sharptooth (The Great Day of the Flyers) | Hookthumb Sharpteeth (The Wisdom of Friends) | Red Claw | Screech and Thud | Fantasy Sharpteeth (Rhett's Story) | Fast Biters (The Lonely Journey) | Sharptooth Family (The Lonely Journey) | Belly Draggers (The Amazing Threehorn Girl) | Female Sailback Sharptooth | Sharptooth Mom | Featherhead Sharpteeth | Horned Sharptooth | Minor Sharpteeth |
See Also
Main families