I recommend taming one, they are super fast in the water, and they do a LOT of damage. I have tamed carnos and therizos but my one Sarco is the strongest one, I easily killed a megalodon and mine is only level 25, I only leveled up the stamina, speed and melee strength. Knocking it put is easy, just get it to follow you on land then throw some tranq arrows or darts to knock it out and feed it raw meat
Get a bow with trans arrows (1-5) for low level, go on a rock if you are low level and shoot it with tranqs. However wait for it to finish attacking animals and other Dino’s or it may be killed by them when unconscious.