I had just joined for the first time in ark, I knew nothing about the game. After a while I got a thatch house, clothes, basic tools, and Spears. Then a lvl 32 Carno divides that I looked tasty, so it came and killed me and destroyed my house. I was living on the beach where you spawn. So after respawning making spears and attacking the Carno for the millionth time, I saw one of these and punched it in the head until it KOed. It was only lvl 3 but I tamed it, made some spears and brought it over to the Carno. That turtle and I went to town with that Carno and pulverized it. I recommend taming these if you are just starting out.
First dino I ever tamed and bred. In my opinion its a slow breeder. But hell of a defender. Its just a good tame all around especially due to the fact its 10x better then a trike (in defense) and the saddle is relatively easy to unlock. Plus its got a cool swimming animation.
Whoever said its a fridge on legs is wrong, these guys don't slow the spoil time any more than your average tame. I tried to refrigerate mutton and it didn't work, now I have to find another ovis to tame my spino.