A saltwater crocodile caught last September in the Agusan marsh on the southern island of Mindanao named, Lolong has been declared to be the largest in captivity by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The crocodile was captured last September in Bunawan, a town in Agusan del Sur province in the southern Philippines, measures 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) and weighs more than a ton, Guinness spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse said in a statement. The crocodile took the Guinness Book of World Record spot from an Australian crocodile which measured more than 17 feet (5 meters) and weighed nearly a ton.
Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said that he is concerned about more giant crocodiles living in the marshland where this one was caught and villagers fish for food. While there was celebrations in the small village, there was still fear. “There were mixed feelings,” he said. “We’re really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place, but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone.”
Elorde said that he saw a big crocodile escape while capturing Lolong and villagers remain scared to fish at the marshland at night. He added that he has formed a team of hunters and is seeking government permission to start hunting for that crocodile.
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said the attention given to the crocodile nationwide will help people realize the biodiversity of their surroundings and the need to protect it. He said he would recommend that the government help Bunawan become an ecotourism destination.
The giant crocodile, Lolong has become an attraction of the new ecotourism park and research center in Bunawan and has drawn thousands of tourists since the news of his capture. Elorde said his town has earned 3 million pesos which comes out to be $72,000. That money was from the entrance fees at the park, with most of the money being used to feed and care for the crocodile and for park maintenance.
Largest crocodile captured: Lolong The Crocodile breaks Guinness world record
Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Philippines—A 21-foot (6.4m) long crocodile which weighs 1,000kg, suspected of attacking several people has been caught in the Philippines – setting the new world record for the Largest crocodile captured, according to World Records Academy.