Monster 26ft-long killer crocodile caught after eating fisherman alive

An enormous 26ft-long killer crocodile has been captured days after it ate a fisherman alive in Indonesia.

Father-of-three Samsul Bahri, 45, was catching shrimp along the Semaja river in Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan province, on July 19 when the gigantic beast stalked and attacked him.

Police frantically searched for the crocodile for three days, during which the search party caught a 13ft-long crocodile and a bigger 16ft-long one.

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The reptiles were subdued and made to vomit to check if they had human remains inside their stomachs but there were no signs of the fisherman's remains.

But on July 22, the team lured out the 26ft-long creature which had to be tranquilised after being caught in a trap. It was made to vomit like the others and inside they found chunks of partially-digested human limbs and bones.

It has since been confirmed that the remains belonged to Samsul – confirming the horrific incident to his devastated wife and children.

Shocked neighbour Nelwan added: "His body was found in that massive crocodile. Only the pieces were vomited out, but that was enough to confirm it was him. His body was not intact."

Fisherman Nelwan Krisna, a friend of Samsul who joined the search party, said: "The river is home to many crocodiles. We felt sorry for our neighbour and his family so we helped in looking for his body.

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"We knew that the officers would have problems if we let them search for him on their own."

The Indonesian archipelago is home to 14 types of crocs – with a large population of extremely large and violent estuarine crocodiles that flourish in the region's climate.

Tarakan rescue department head Dede Hariana said crocodile attacks have been increasing in the area – especially in riverside villages.

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He said: "The crocodile attacks in the areas near rivers continued to increase. This case is closed but we appeal to residents to be more vigilant."

Conservation officials blame habitat degradation due to blast fishing and the conversion of coastal areas into farms for driving the creatures out of the wild and closer to villages.

Locals in the developing country still use rivers for bathing and primitive fishing, making them an easy target for killer crocs.


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