How did the world’s largest living
Apparently, like a surfer catching
a wave, these goliaths can ride currents on the
The saltwater or estuarine
crocodile is a ferocious giant that can grow at least 23 feet long and weigh
more than 2,200 pounds. These scaly monsters have been known to devour sharks,
and even attack things they can’t eat, often assaulting boats in the mistaken
belief they are rivals or prey, biting down with nearly 2 tons of pressure –
powerful enough to crush bone or punch through aluminium hulls.
These deadly predators hunt in
tropical areas throughout eastern India, southeast Asia, northern Australia,
and on an untold number of the islands in-between. Although these crocodiles
spend most of their lives in saltwater, they cannot be considered
There were already many anecdotal
accounts of large crocodiles sighted far out at sea, but nothing confirmed.
Now, for the first time, using sonar transmitters and satellite tracking,
scientists now find that actually do
ride surface ocean currents for long-distance travel, enabling them to voyage
from one oceanic island to another.
“Because these crocodiles are
poor swimmers, it is unlikely that they swim across vast tracts of ocean,”
said researcher Hamish Campbell, a behavioural ecologist from
Working at the remote Kennedy River
in northeastern Australia, the