I'm around lvl 30 and ever since I started the game I can honestly say "I hate these creatures!" I've died by them more then anything else lost two parasaurs, a raptor, and who knows what else. Advise keep glancing under water to see if any are around, avoide rivers crossing on foot. I like rock hopping and dino swimming they can take more damage
These things will spawn in your water pen and kill your tames if they're on passive. Make sure you have Dino's to kill them or foundations all around your pen, they've killed so many of my Icthyosaurus' it's not even funny.
Be very carful while crossing the smallest rivers, they might seem weak but usually around 3 of them comes. They also have a pretty big range.Spear can take one of them but for multiple you are going to need a decent armor and a pike.