Monday, September 12, 2011

Philippines Should Now Holds Guinness World Record For Biggest Croc Ever Captured Alive

Texts: Joel Escol

PHILIPPINE NEWS – No doubt the Philippines should now hold the record as the holder of the title in the Guinness Book of World Records, for capturing alive the biggest crocodile of the planet.

This, after its last record of the biggest beast was only that of Cassius, the 5.5m saltwater crocodile which was captured off the Green Islands of Australia. Cassius is now at Marineland Melanesia, earlier reported as his home for almost 25 years already. Cassius holds the Guinness World Records as the largest captive croc, measuring 5.48 m (17 ft 11.75 in). The giant croc Cassius has some scars reportedly from his previous battles with the other beasts during his much younger years.

Toody Scott, the keeper of Marineland Melanesia said based on observations, Cassius has also shown his softer side when introduced to other female crocs. But Scott also caution that the crocodile looks can also be deceiving.

"He's a very wise croc, very good at pretending that he's nice and gentle," Mr Scott said, adding that Cassius can very much lull you into a false sense of security, which is what crocodiles are very good at doing. "I wouldn't trust him for a second."

As of this writing, there are at least 50 crocodiles that presently resides in Marineland Melanesia.

According to reliable information, the saltwater crocs (Crocodylus Porosus) like Calsius is recorded in history as the largest species of crocs in the Philippines and it can live over 100 years. It can grow up to 7 meters (23 ft)
Marineland Melanesia presently houses over 50 crocodiles, ranging from small hatchings to giants like "Cassius".

With the capture of Lolong, no doubt the Philippines is now holder of a world record. Lolong is the name given to the biggest crocodile that was captured alive in Bunawan town, some 450 miles off the coast of Southern Philippines. Lolong weights around 2,370 pounds and an awesome 21 feet long stretch. The name Lolong was in memory of a professional croc hunter from Palawan who died during the course of the hunting period of almost 2 months.

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