A fisherman on the island of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines noticed an enormous log floating in the water, but when he got close, he was shocked to see it move. That's when he realized it was a crocodile — a very big crocodile.
The crocodile was spotted on Thursday and was captured on Friday morning, but not without a fight. The crocodile reportedly wrecked a boat and damaged a number of fishing nets.
Mindanao News reported that the crocodile was swimming near houses and appeared to be hunting for food.
"Thank God that there [were] no children playing around near where the crocodile was found," Mindanao News wrote.
News reports varied as to the length of the crocodile, with one claiming it to be 19 feet and another saying it was 17 feet. ABS-CBN News said it was 16 feet, 11 inches. By any measure, it wouldn't be a stretch to call it one of the world's largest crocodiles, considering one all-time top 10 list starts with crocodiles just over 17 feet.
Ruben Balcorza of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office was the one who reported how the crocodile was discovered. He said it is now under the care of the municipal government, though he was unable to say what will happen to the reptile.
One would think the government would relocate it to a remote area, considering it is illegal to kill crocodiles in the Philippines. For those residents who are caught, the penalty is a $2,000 fine and up to six years in prison, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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