Thursday 10 October 2019

Philippine fisherman killed by Crocodile.

A Philippine fisherman has died after being attacked by a Crocodile on Tuesday 8 October 2019. Junick Husin, 20, was returning from a fishing trip off the coast of Palawan Island with friend and neighbour Edgar Legazpi, 32, when their boat was attacked by a three and half metre Saltwater Crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, which rammed the boat several times before snatching him and dragging him underwater. The Crocodile was found the next day by a search party of local villagers, still clutching Husin its jaws, and was beaten to death by them. This is the third fatal Crocodile attack in the area this year.

The body of a Crocodile killed on Palawan Island, the Philippines, after attacking a local fisherman. Mimaropa Police.

Crocodile attacks on Humans are relatively rare, but they are opportunistic ambush predators and will potentially attack anything going close to the water. Saltwater Crocodiles have a particularly poor reputation for such behaviour, being the largest species of Crocodile and notoriously aggressive. These Crocodiles are one of the few Crocodile species not considered vulnerable to extinction, being found from India to Australia  and inhabiting many areas that Humans shun, such as Mangrove forests and islands without fresh water.

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