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Offline thaiga

Phuket On Alert For 'Giant Crocodile'
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:58:24 PM »
(4 November) Phuket residents have been told to be on the lookout for what appeared to be a crocodile which was seen swimming off the shore in Haad Mai Khao Beach on the weekend.

The maritime protection centre in the province said it has received reports that the creature was sighted just off the shore in Haad Mai Khao, where local fishermen like to cast their nets.

Mr. Prarop Plang-ngan, director of the provincial National Parks agency, said his team has observed a large crocodile, no less than 3 metres long, swimming around 400 metres away from the beach.

He said the crocodile surfaced only for few minutes before diving down again, which made it very difficult for the officials to determine its type.

The director added that the creature was seen swimming northward along Phuket′s shore, which is lined  with a number of popular beachside hotels. "We have sent out warnings to these hotels so that foreign tourists would be barred from swimming in the sea for the moment," Mr. Prarop said.

However, the centre has not received reports of any sighting since yesterday, he said, and the crocodile is expected to land somewhere in the province by tonight.

Anyone who has sighted the crocodile is encouraged to inform the officials via the phone number 0-7634-8526 so that the creature could be captured.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline thaiga

Re: Spot the croc wanted ‘dead or alive’
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 08:18:54 PM »
Phuket croc now wanted ‘dead or alive’

PHUKET: The strategy for dealing with Phuket’s rogue crocodile, first spotted off Mai Khao beach on November 3, has been changed to ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’

Sean Panton and Suchard Raksangob took to the skies to try to 'Spot the Croc'.

After more than 10 days of guests in hotels along Mai Khao Beach being prevented from swimming in the sea, and numerous reported sightings, an emergency meeting was chaired by Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut at his office this morning (November 18).

At the meeting, which brought together officials from the National Parks Department, the Royal Forestry Department, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, the Phuket Marine Biological Centre and Sean Panton, representing the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, it was decided that prompt action needs be taken to solve the problem.

Prompt action was indeed taken. At 1pm this afternoon Mr Panton, piloted by Suchard Raksangob, owner of the Phuket Air Park took to the skies to try to spot the croc. They drew a blank.

Mr Panton explained to The Phuket News the reasons for the change in strategy.

“The animal is likely to have come from a crocodile farm in Krabi. Seven escaped from there about six months ago, and four have since been killed, or perhaps perished  due to them not being used to the environment [leaving three still at large].

“If it’s been in captivity, it is likely to be aggressive. [Animals such as this] are usually killed, not captured, in this [sort of] situation.”

Mr Panton added that while Forest Rangers and National Parks staff have made and will continue to make every effort to catch the croc alive, there may need to be a more “assertive solution” to the situation – for the sake of public safety and the community, as well as the tourists.

If the croc is caught – or killed – a DNA test will be conducted to find out if it is in fact from the crocodile farm in Krabi.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.