the biggest crocodile in the world
Sarcosuchus lived 112 million years ago in the Mid-Cretaceous, making it a contemporary of more familiar record-breaking reptilians, such as Spinosaurus (the largest carnivorous dinosaur – yes, this meat-eating dino was even longer than T. rex), the Microraptor (the smallest dinosaur) and Sauroposeidon (the tallest dinosaur).
The terrifying Sarcosuchus imperator is estimated to have measured as long as 12.2 m (40 ft) and weighed as much as 8 tonnes (17,600 lb). To put that in context, that made this colossal animal double the length of Lolong and around 7.5 times his weight. It’s little wonder that this mega-predator is sometimes dubbed “super-croc”.
Croc hunters spent three weeks to find and capture Lolong; about 100 people were needed to take the monster croc, which twice broke free of ropes to help with the effort, out of the water. In fact, once out, Lolong had to be rolled on a cart to a bridge weighing station to determine his reptilian bulk: 2,370 lbs. (1,075 kg).
Even so, there’s good reason for crocs to be more afraid of humans than humans are of them. Saltwater crocodiles have been deemed endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The Polish immigrants, who came to Australia in 1949 and had been struggling to get by, realised they’d struck gold when they took the beast to be skinned.
After taking the 8.6-metre monster down, Ron built a small boat out of scraps and called it ‘Joey’ and the family started their new lives as crocodile hunters.
He was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest captive crocodile in the world. It measured 20.24 feet and weighed 1075 tons, breaking Cassius’ record. It was a saltwater crocodile that lived in the city of Bunawan, Philippines.
This crocodile measures 19.68 feet and lives in Burundi, on the banks of the Ruzizi River and on Lake Tanganyika. Its record is scary.
Krystyna ‘Krys’ Pawlowski had no choice but to kill the beast that day in 1955 in Kaumba, in Queensland’s Gulf Country – the reptile was creeping up on her three-year-old daughter, Barbara.
Mr Pawlowski said his family’s greatest legacy is their work with conservation, and explained their work laid the foundations for conservation all over the world.