An enormous 17-foot saltwater crocodile was captured by fishermen on Tawi-Tawi Island this morning (Friday, September 8).
The saltwater crocodile was first spotted by fishermen on Thursday afternoon.
According to Ruben Balcorza, of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Simunul, a fisherman who saw the crocodile mistook it for a wooden log. When he approached it, he said he was shocked that it moved.
He immediately reported the incident to other fishermen and barangay officials, which prompted them to conduct an operation to capture the crocodile.
However, the crocodile was in no mood to go quietly. During the operation, it wrecked a boat and damaged a number of fishing nets.
Mr Balcorza said the crocodile is now under the care of the municipal government. He was unable to give further details on what will happen to the creature.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), killing a crocodile is an offence that has a fine amounting to P100,000 pesos and imprisonment of up to six years.