Monstrous man-eating crocodiles and alligators have played the part of “monster” in numerous horror films over the years. Black Water, Rouge, Lake Placid, Dinocroc, Eaten Alive, Alligator, Croc… the list goes on. These ancient aquatic fiends are often exaggerated in cinema, but that doesn’t mean real-life monster crocs and gators don’t truly exist! Take for example this 20+ foot crocodile recently captured in the Philippines after it was suspected in the death of a child and a missing fisherman.
According to Yahoo News, the beast set a Guinness Book of World Records mark as the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. Named “Lolong” by the locals that once feared him, the monster croc measures 20.24 feet, and weighs more than a ton. It was finally captured by officials in the southern Philippines town of Bunawan in September, 2011.
Yahoo News reported that Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde was glad that Lolong had been caught, but still fears that there may be even more of these beasts lurking in the local waters.
“Elorde says he spotted an even larger crocodile escape when he and about 100 others combined their efforts to capture Lolong. It took a combination of ropes and cranes to bring in the giant crocodile.”
So next time you’re swimming in a murky river somewhere, just remember… monsters are real!