Aussie croc named biggest in captivity

September 15, 2011
Villagers pose with the 6.4 metre saltwater crocodile caught in southern Philippines earlier this month. An Australian crocodile called Cassius Clay was on Thursday declared the biggest in captivity by Guinness World Records, although his reign may be brief after the rival giant emerged in the Philippines.

An Australian crocodile called Cassius Clay was on Thursday declared the biggest in captivity by Guinness World Records, although his reign may be brief after reports of a rival giant emerged.

Measuring just under 5.5 metres (18 feet) and weighing close to a tonne, Cassius was captured in the Northern Territory in 1984.

Named after the legendary boxer, better known as Muhammad Ali, he has called the Marineland Melanesia crocodile park on Green Island, off the far north Queensland coast, home for the past 24 years.

Guinness World Records spokesman Chris Sheedy said Cassius was one of a few record holders to be honoured with a double-page spread in the 2012 Book of Records.

"We thought this record was so amazing that it deserved its own two-page spread and that's now going out in four million copies worldwide," he told Australian Associated Press.

However, Sheedy said the crocodile's record may be brief after reports earlier this month of a monster 6.4-metre beast that was trapped in the southern Philippines.

That crocodile is suspected of eating a farmer who went missing in July and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off.

"Until it's in acceptable captivity, which is humane and professional, and until it has been properly measured, we can't accept it," said Sheedy.

Explore further: Ohio zoo acquires daughter of late longest snake

Related Stories

Tree-planting world record set in Philippines

February 24, 2011

Philippine environmentalists have set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously, kickstarting an enormous reforesteration programme, organisers said Thursday.

Malaysia scientists tag Borneo saltwater crocodile

June 29, 2011

Wildlife researchers in Malaysia are to track a saltwater crocodile by satellite, they said Wednesday, in a bid to find out why nearly 40 people have been attacked on Borneo island over a decade.

Philippines urged to free giant crocodile

September 10, 2011

An animal rights group urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world's largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people.

Recommended for you

A better way to read the genome

October 9, 2015

UConn researchers have sequenced the RNA of the most complicated gene known in nature, using a hand-held sequencer no bigger than a cell phone.

Threat posed by 'pollen thief' bees uncovered

October 9, 2015

A new University of Stirling study has uncovered the secrets of 'pollen thief' bees - which take pollen from flowers but fail to act as effective pollinators - and the threat they pose to certain plant species.

Mapping the protein universe

October 9, 2015

To understand how life works, figure out the proteins first. DNA is the architect of life, but proteins are the workhorses. After proteins are built using DNA blueprints, they are constantly at work breaking down and building ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.