The five-metre Crocodile and a small one believed to be her baby after they were shot on Sunday night.
Photos: IRKIM CREW Facebook & Abdullah Al Fattah Facebook

Malaysia: Villagers shoot, kill five-metre Croc and her baby
6th December 2016;

Residents of Kampung Pejuang Kelulit, Sibuti shot and killed an Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) measuring five metres on Sunday night.

The villagers believed the crocodile was female and that a small crocodile they shot together with it could have been its offspring.

The reptiles were shot twice in the head at around 9.30pm after they (the villagers) spotted them at the surface.

According to one of the villagers, Murshid Kabul, 64, who was in the hunting party, they had been staking out the Crocodiles for over a month.

“We had spotted several of the reptiles emerged in the river nearby the village for the past few months, which created fear amongst us as our houses were nearby the river,” said Murshid.

He added, they shot Crocodiles when they surfaced about a few metres from them.

No Crocodile attacks have been reported within the village so far.

The village is located at about 50km from Miri.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photo: INFO Sarawak Facebook

Malaysia: Suspected 2.8 metre killer Crocodile culled in Sg Oya
22nd November 2016;

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) snared a 2.8-metre-long adult Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the waters of Sungai Oya near Mukah yesterday.

SFC in a statement yesterday said SWAT members from SFC headquarters assisted by Sibu Regional Office personnel were dispatched to Kampung Bakong, Oya earlier last week to hunt down the Crocodile which attacked and killed Sili Ismail@Esmail, 60, on Nov 11.

“The team commenced culling operations on Nov 18, 13 baited hooks were placed at locations along the river where Sili was attacked. A male Crocodile weighing about 200 kg was hooked just 100 metres from the site where the victim was attacked,” an SFC spokesperson said.

The statement also noted that the operation covered a 5km radius area from the site of the attack.

“With the successful culling of the adult Crocodile deemed capable of the attack, the operation at Sungai Oya was called off yesterday (Sunday).”>/p>

SFC also took the opportunity to extend its gratitude to all parties involved particularly the police and villagers for assistance rendered during the operation.

The spokesperson also reminded the public to be vigilant at all times when using the river.

Source: The Borneo Post

Residents gather around the 14-foot Crocodile found dead in a mangrove area of Del Carmen town in Siargao Island last Thursday (27 October 2016).
Photos: Vincent E. Guarte

Philippines: Fisherfolks in Siargao afraid to venture in mangrove areas after giant Crocodile found dead
By Roel Catoto, 29th October 2016;

A day after a big Crocodile was found dead in Del Carmen town in Siargao Island, several fishermen from the island have been afraid to venture out in the mangrove forest to fish, a village official said.

Ezperanza barangay captain Teodoro Galolo said several fisherfolks in his village have ceased to go to the mangroves for fear of being attacked by Crocodiles.

Last Thursday morning, a Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) 14 feet and 9 inches long was found dead floating along the waterways by the mangroves in Esperanza. The fishermen who found it then reported it to Galolo, the barangay captain said.

On that day, barangay tanods and some personnel from the Sentro Para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya (Sikat), a non-government organization conducting mangrove assessment in the area, retrieved the dead body of the Crocodile.

“We measured it at 14 feet and 9 inches long, and 2 feet and 8 inches wide,” said Jenny Comon, the barangay secretary of Esperanza.

Galolo said the Crocodile must have died only recently because its body was still not in a state of decomposition when found.

Barangay Esperanza is eight kilometers away from the Del Carmen town center.

“Some of the fishermen have ceased to catch fish and crabs in the mangroves for fear of being attacked by Crocodiles,” Galolo said.

But Jun Comon, a fishermen from Esperanza, said he would continue to fish in the mangroves despite the presence of large Crocodiles, pointing out that his source of income comes mainly from catching Mud Crabs (Scylla sp.) and fish in the mangrove area.

“We know the presence of Crocodiles lurking in the vast mangrove area and that’s part of the challenge. We’re used to it. We need to face it otherwise we go hungry with my family,” he said.

Galolo said they do not know yet the cause of Crocodile’s death.

Missing piglets

Galolo said several villagers have reported that a few months ago, several pigs and piglets had mysteriously gone missing and they believe that it has something to do with presence of Crocodiles lurking around the mangroves.

He said some fishermen had reported having seen Crocodiles even bigger than the one found dead last Thursday.

Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro Jr. said the incident is a major drawback on the town’s efforts on environmental conservation.

“Our personnel, together with those of the non-government organizations and of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), are checking for any foul play that might have caused the death of the Crocodile. I am pushing that the incident be investigated,” the mayor said.

On Friday, a necropsy was conducted by DENR personnel to determine its cause of death, but no result has been released yet as of press time.

“Even though the death is tragic but this will serve as a reminder that the presence of Crocodiles in Del Carmen is not just a legend but a reality and that people should be careful not to swim in the mangrove area as it would be an accident waiting to happen. Such incident would only hamper and create problems for our protection and conservation efforts,” said Coro.

Dianne Animo, program manager of Sikat, expressed that the death of the Crocodile signifies the importance of protection and conservation in Del Carmen.

“This incident signifies the need for a more intensified operation in safeguarding the remaining local population of Saltwater Crocodiles in the wild. It is also significant to point out that the community should be a part of this effort to protect and conserve not only this species but the entire ecosystem,” said Animo.

Fishermen, on the other hand, have reported sightings of the Crocodiles along the mangrove areas in several other barangays in Del Carmen town – Mabuhay, Del Carmen (poblacion), Domoyog Island, San Fernando, Sitio Pangi Antipolo and in San Jose.

Reports also suggest Crocodile sightings in the mangrove areas in the neighboring town of San Benito.

The local government of Del Carmen is planning to preserve the dead Crocodile and display it at the town’s Mangrove Protection Information Center.

‘Witches’ in town

In the past, Del Carmen was known to have witches because of reports of several persons that have reportedly gone missing.

Lawyer John Cubillan, who hails from Del Carmen, said that “Numancia” (the old name of the municipality) was notorious for being a town haunted by aswangs, manananggals and other monsters of local folklore.

That tag may have stemmed from the mysterious disappearance of residents, which were later traced to attacks by Crocodiles lurking in the vast mangrove forests surrounding the town.

Radel Paredes, a columnist of Cebu Daily News whose roots come from Del Carmen, said his grandfather was attacked by a big Crocodile.

“My grandfather was once attacked by a Crocodile while he was rowing a baroto or dugout canoe amidst the mangroves. Luckily, he was able to fight back and drove the reptile away,” he claimed.

Killer turns breeder

In early 1990s a Crocodile named “Kibol” (bobtail) grabbed the headlines in the country after it was captured.

The Crocodile terrorized the coastal towns in Siargao Island at that time for attacking humans.

A 2003 report in the Philippine Star said Kibol has been serving a “lifetime sentence” as the principal breeder in a Crocodile farm in Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Kibol is a 20-foot killer reptile, which was captured by a special team of Crocodile hunters along the swamps in Del Carmen. It is reportedly now busy “impregnating” young female Crocodiles in the farm.

Source: MindaNews

Zulfahmi holds the dead crocodile that was caught in his trawl net. Photo by Shaiful Shahrin Ahmad Pauzi

Malaysia: No fish but fisherman gets two metre-long crocodile in his net
By Audrey Dermawan, 4th April 2015;

An almost two metre-long Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was found dead after it got entangled in a trawl net on Thursday night.

The discovery of the reptile, weighing 30kg, was made by fisherman, Zulfahmi, 29.

When met, Zulfahmi said he and his friend were shocked to find the giant reptile stuck to the trawl net as only giant ikan siakap (Barramundi) (Lates calcarifer) would land there usually.

He said he and his friends would usually set up the trawl net at sea in Pantai Ban Pecah, Tanjung Piandang here and check on it the following day.

“We were initially happy when we saw the float, tied to the trawl net, had submerged into the water. We thought we landed another giant siakap fish.

"However, when we tried to pull up the trawl net, we sensed something amiss as it would not float. We continued to pull at it and to our surprise, we saw a Crocodile inside,” he said.

Zulfahmi said they dare not approached the reptile initially for fear that it was still alive, but upon closer inspection, found that it was already dead.

“We then pulled up the trawl net and the Crocodile into our sampan and went back to shore,” he added.

Source: New Straits Times

Philippines: Crocs, humans compete for food in Siargao’s Paghungawan Marsh

By Roel Catoto, 30th September 2014;

Some residents fish in Paghungawan Marsh in Jaboy, Siargao Island, but Philippine Crocodiles (Crocodylus mindorensis) also hunt for food in the same environs, setting off a competition that appears to have put the endangered predators at a disadvantage.

Thirty-six year-old crocodiles, comprising 30 females and six males which were bred in captivity, were freed in the marshland on March 22 last year.

The crocodiles belong to the species Crocodylus mindorensis, considered one of the most threatened in the world.

But at least two of those crocodiles died either in January or February this year after they got entangled in a fisherman’s net, village chair Narda E. Trego said. She added the marsh had plenty of water at the time since it was rainy season.

During the rainy season Paghungawan Marsh would have at least 600 hectares covered with water. Its area would shrink to around 120 hectares in the dry season.

Trego said a few villages still fish in the marsh, but they have regulated fishing activities through a barangay ordinance passed in August last year that bans the use of nets, tubli (poison) and big hooks.

“We are implementing our barangay ordinance because this reptile is rare and endangered and it’s protected by law,” she said.

She said some people in their village still could not understand the importance of the crocodiles, and they would get angry whenever they are told not to do fishing.

She said the crocodiles now now have a better habitat in this village.

“It was just unfortunate that two were killed, but we hope that it will never happen again,” she added.

A resident who requested anonymity said only around 20 of the reptiles were left in the marsh due to fishing.

Bred in captivity

The 36 crocodiles were bred at Pagasa Farms in Kapalong, Davao del Norte from the offspring of the stock loaned to it by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. They were released in the marsh by the DENR, National Museum and Crocodylus Porosus Philippines Inc., which operates Pagasa Farms.

The Philippine Crocodile enjoys legal protection under Republic Act 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and other Philippine laws, according to the DENR. It is also protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

These reptiles shy away from humans and so don’t pose danger to residents.

According to Wikipedia, the Philippine Crocodile is a relatively small, freshwater crocodile. They have a relatively broad snout and thick bony plates on its back (heavy dorsal armor). This is a fairly small species, reaching breeding maturity at 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and 15 kg (33 lb) in both sexes and a maximum size of approximately 3.1 m (10 ft). Females are slightly smaller than males. Philippine Crocodiles are golden-brown in color, which darkens as it matures.

Crocodile watching

Trego said a local organization called Jaboy Ecotourism Conservation Organization (JICO) helps protect the crocodiles.

JICO treasurer Nelia Salavaloza said the presence of the crocodiles in their marshland has turned their village into a tourism site.

“We offer crocodile watching at night in the marshland and boating during the day at a very affordable price,” Salvaloza said.

This attraction started in August this year. For P400 pesos, two persons can enjoy a 30-minute ride and crocodile watching.

Salavaloza said some foreigners who had tried the crocodile watching at night were amazed by the crocodiles.

She told some villagers to refrain from fishing saying they would still benefit from the visiting tourists in their area.

“We allow everyone from this village to tour visitors in the marshland,” she added.

Source: MindaNews

Philippines: Crocs, humans compete for food in Siargao’s Paghungawan Marsh

A young Saltwater/Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was caught by a fisherman while crab hunting at Purok 11, Kawas, Alabel Sarangani at 9 PM last night, September 21, 2014.

Source: Jopy Caneda on Sarangani Wildlife Protection and Rescue Team Network Facebook

Specimens of various reptiles found in Singapore: Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Malayan Forest Softshell Turtle (Dogania subplana), King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) & Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) @ VivoCity

Day 1 of the Festival of Biodiversity 2014 has come to an end, but you can still visit VivoCity tomorrow to learn more about Singapore’s wildlife and wild places!