Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Biggest Crocodile Ever Caught?"

From National Geographic:
Giant crocodile picture: saltwater crocodile caught recently in the Philippines
Caught alive after a three-week hunt, an allegedly 21-foot-long (6.4-meter-long) saltwater crocodile—the biggest crocodile ever caught in the Philippines—is restrained on September 4, according to the Associated Press.

The 2,369-pound (1,075-kilogram) crocodile is suspected of attacking several people and killing two. The animal, named Lolong, survived capture and is being held in a temporary enclosure in the village of Consuelo, near Bunawan township (map).

Federal wildlife officials are trying to confirm whether the reptile is the largest crocodile ever captured, Theresa Mundita Lim, of the Philippines' Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, told the AP.
The Guinness Book of World Records lists a 17.97-foot-long (5.48-meter-long), Australian-caught saltwater crocodile as the largest in captivity....MORE
HT: Naked Capitalism

Back in August 2010 we posted on one that appears comparable, he was dubbed 'Crocosaurus':
Yes Virginia, Crocodiles Can Grow as Big as Trucks (and eat cows)
Giant croc
It took two Land Cruisers to drag this giant crocodile from a waterhole after it was killed for eating cattle on a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Pic: Northern Territory News  Source: Northern Territory News
A MONSTER 6.5m crocodile had to be killed by locals in a remote Northern Territory Aborigine community because it was killing their cattle.

Jeida Francis, 23, said the croc was caught in Manangoora, an outstation 56km east of Borroloola.
"It was massive. There were three huge ones out there. One of them is still out there at the moment.

Wow... that's a BIG croc

"It is pretty well fed,"...MORE