Malaysia: Crocs spotted in Senadin housing drain

The Crocodile that was found dead in the net.

By Jenifer Laeng, 6th January 2018;

Several residents in Senadin Phase 3, jittery after they spotted a few Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in the big drain at the back of their houses recently, are hoping that authorities could do something before anything untoward happens.

According to one of the house owners, she had been living here for years and the sight of the reptiles, believed to be the young ones, had becoming more frequent lately.

“In fact, one was found in the net by my brother-in-law on Thursday. He initially thought that it was not Crocodile, but when we had a close look at it, we knew it was a Crocodile,” she said when contacted today.

The woman, who requested anonymity, said her brother-in-law was surprised when he went to check on his fishing net on Thursday and found the reptile in it.

“The reptile measuring at about two feet in length was however dead when it was found so he got rid of it,” she said.

She added that the drain behind their house was quite big, and she believed there are more of the reptiles in the area.

“There has been no cases of croc attack here in the past, so we are hopeful that the authorities can do something about it to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photo: Sarawak Forestry Corporation

Malaysia: 2.5 metre long male Sarawak River Crocodile meets its end
17th July 2017;

The Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) yesterday put an end to a 2.5-metre long male Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the Sarawak River here, under its crocodile culling and removal programme.

SFC in a statement here yesterday said the SWAT operation in the major waterway that began last Tuesday, ended yesterday with the catch.

“The operation covered a three-kilometre stretch, with seven separate sets of ‘hook-and-line’ installed. The Crocodile snared at the Sarawak River Barrage at 6am this morning is estimated to weigh 70kgs and it was hauled ashore at 11am,” it said.

The Sarawak River is listed as a location of one of the 19 Crocodile Removal Zones (CRZ), whereby the presence of Crocodiles in these areas pose serious human-crocodile conflicts.

Source: The Borneo Post

Wild Crocodile dies from injuries after accident along Kranji Way

6th July 2017;

A wild Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) has died from its injuries after being involved in an accident along Kranji Way on Wednesday (July 5) evening.

The reptile, said to be 1.5m long, was hit by a car at around 10pm near the Kranji Dam, Shin Min Daily News reported.

Its right hind leg was reportedly injured.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) spokesman said the Crocodile died on Thursday morning.

AVA is aware of the Crocodile incident, and understands that it was a wild crocodile,“ the spokesman added.

"AVA advises the public not to approach, disturb, feed or try to catch any wildlife, including Crocodiles. Members of the public can contact AVA at 1800-476-1600 to provide feedback.”

According to Shin Min, a member of the public alerted the police after coming across the injured Crocodile.

Police officers arrived on scene and cordoned off the area. It is not known how the Crocodile ended up on the road.

A staff member from a nearby Crocodile farm offered to tend to the reptile. With the help of a few colleagues, they took it back to the farm for treatment.

Wildlife rescue group Acres told The Straits Times it was alerted to the incident, but did not respond to it as it was told the situation was under control.

Acres’ deputy chief executive, Mr Kalai Vanan Balakrishnan, said it is rare for wild Crocodiles to encroach onto urban areas as they are usually very shy.

There have been Crocodile sightings in the Kranji Way area, however, because of its proximity to Sungei Buloh nature reserve.

In November last year, a 2.5m-long Estuarine Crocodile wandered into a Lim Chu Kang fish and had to be rescued after being found wedged between a fence, some wood and machinery.

It did not suffer any injuries and was released into Sungei Buloh nature reserve.

Source: The Straits Times

Wild Crocodile dies from injuries after accident along Kranji Way

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

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!

Dead crocs will undergo autopsies: PUB

By Audrey Tan, 25th June 2014;

The authorities have come up with fresh procedures to deal with dead crocodiles, after questions were raised over the handling of the carcass of a crocodile nicknamed Barney.

National water agency PUB and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) have reviewed the procedures, PUB told The Straits Times yesterday.

“In the event that any dead crocodiles are found, PUB will send the carcass to AVA for an autopsy to determine the cause of death,” a spokesman added.

Observers had voiced doubts about how the authorities had not done an autopsy to find out the cause of death of Barney, a 400kg Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) found dead at Kranji Reservoir on April 18.

The 3.6m-long reptile was found dead with a metal rod in its eye and a large fishing hook lodged in its mouth. PUB said yesterday that it was investigating it as a case of poaching but has yet to find the culprits.

The carcass of Barney, believed to be one of the largest wild specimens here, had been disposed of at a nearby farm.

Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm, the only one here, had said it did not receive the carcass.

Yesterday, observers like Strix Wildlife Consultancy director Subaraj Rajathurai welcomed the revised procedure, calling it a step in the right direction.

But Mr Subaraj, 51, who has more than 30 years’ experience in wildlife work, said the change should be extended: Autopsies should be carried out on all animals without an immediate known cause of death.

“The crocodile was a native, endangered species – it is important to know what caused its death.” he said. “In a nature area such as Kranji Reservoir, which is also a drinking water supply area, it is also important to find out what killed the reptile, as the safety of the public is at stake.”

Dr Edmund Lam, 54, chief executive of a copyright association, also applauded the news, saying he was “happy to hear” it.

He had written in to The Sunday Times Letters page on May 11 after the death of Barney was reported, to ask for clarification on the authorities’ usual procedure when faced with a carcass “of an animal belonging to a significant wildlife species”.

“It’s the right thing to do – a Saltwater Crocodile is rare,” he told The Straits Times yesterday.

Separately, PUB said yesterday that it is carrying out work on the Kranji Reservoir to remove an excessive number of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) plants on its surface.

This is to help “maintain a balanced eco-system and a relatively clear water surface”, it said.

“Excessive growth reduces the water surface area for oxygen exchange and this can limit the levels of dissolved oxygen levels in the reservoir.”

It was responding to queries from The Straits Times, after a reader sent the paper photographs of machinery clearing flotsam at the reservoir. It said the growth was due to the quick reproduction of the plants within the reservoir, as well as at the rivers upstream.

Recent storms had washed the plants downstream into it, it said.

During the dry spell in February, it had not been able to “deploy aquatic plant removal machineries into the… upstream areas in Sungei Kangkar and Sungei Tengah as the water depth was too shallow”, said PUB. Works to reduce the aquatic plant population at the reservoir are expected to be completed by mid-July.

Source: The Straits Times (Mirror)

Dead crocs will undergo autopsies: PUB