Large crocodile in Phuket now captured

A 3-metre long crocodile which was believed to be the one spotted near Lepang beach in Thalang district of Phuket last week was captured before dawn today (Sept 1).

The crocodile was caught by a special team which comprises officials from Phuket Fisheries Office, Surat Thani-based Freshwater Fisheries Suppression and Prevention Centre, and a private crocodile farm in Phuket.

The hunting team spotted the crocodile at 3.30am in a swamp which is connected to the sea near Lepang beach, the same place as where it was first spotted and filmed by a foreign tourist last week.

A hunt has been launched for a huge crocodile spotted in the sea off Bang Tao beach in Phuket. #ThaiPBSenglishnews

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, 30 August 2017


It was later brought to the Coastal Aquaculture Research and Development Region 5 in Phuket for recovery and examination of its species.

A senior fisheries official at Phuket Fisheries Office Mr Phaisarn Sukpunaphan, the crocodile hunting team leader, said the place where the team captured the crocodile is a natural bay which connects land and sea.

He said it has yet to determine by experts if it is a freshwater or saltwater crocodile.

A large crocodile caught in a pond near Lepang beach of Phuket earlier this morning is believed to be the same one spotted last week. #ThaiPBSenglish

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Thursday, 31 August 2017