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Thursday, September 8, 2011

6.4 m Saltwater Crocodile Caught in Philippines

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The following story has bee adapted from the BBC Science & Environment website. Visit the site to see the video.

A giant saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) weighing more than a ton and measuring 6.4 m (21 ft) and weighing 1,075 kg (2370 lbs) has been captured in the remote southern Philippine village of Bunawan . The hunt for the croc was initiated in mid-August following a series of attacks on humans and livestock.

Josefina de Leon, wildlife division chief of the environment ministry's protected areas and wildlife bureau, said it was likely to be the biggest crocodile ever captured. "Based on existing records, the largest that had been captured previously was 5.48m (18ft) long," she told AFP.

Crocodile hunter Rollie Sumiller led the hunt, and said this reptile may not be the killer they have been looking for after at least one attack on a human was reported in the area. "We're not really sure if this is the man-eater, because there have been other sightings of other crocodiles in the area," he told AFP.

The captured croc will now become the main attraction at a planned nature park in the area.