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Monster Crocodile in New Orleans
Michael Maffei sent me some giant crocodile pictures that have begun doing the rounds. They're accompanied by this caption:

Now this is a Crocodile ! This crocodile was found in New Orleans swimming down the street. 21 FT long, 4,500 lbs, around 80 years old minimum. Specialists said that he was looking to eat humans because he was too old to catch animals. This crocodile was killed by the army last Sunday at 3:00 pm, currently he is in the freezer at the Azur hotel. The contents of it's stomach will be analyzed this Friday at 2:30pm.

The pictures are real enough, but they're weren't taken in New Orleans. These are pictures of the Monster Crocodile of Pointe-Noire (in the Republic of the Congo). They've been circulating for over two years. David Emery notes that the crocodile was really estimated to be 16 feet long and weighed about 1874 lbs. That's still a lot bigger than I'd ever care to encounter.

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Categories: AnimalsPhotos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 17, 2005
What gets me is whoever tried to pass this off as happening in NOLA seriously needs to be sent back to school and learn where crocs live and where alligators live.
Posted by Jorge  on  Sat Sep 17, 2005  at  06:46 AM
Good one, Jorge. I didn't even catch that...
Posted by Snowy  in  aeternum  on  Sat Sep 17, 2005  at  11:56 AM
Looks like a decent sized Croc. These are not what you want to see when you are in a small boat. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I thought you guys over there did not have Crocs at all? I knew you had alligators but I did not think you had crocs.
Posted by David W  in  Australia  on  Sun Sep 18, 2005  at  07:38 PM
^^^
The only crocs native to the Americas are the cayman in South America.
Posted by Jorge  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  08:58 AM
There is the American Crocodile, but it only lives in Florida.
A croc was reported missing from the Audubon Zoo after the storm though. Haven't heard if they found it yet.
Posted by Frederick J. Barnett  in  Sorrento, LA  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  11:24 AM
Actually, we have alligators up here, so they've gone beyond Florida. They are rare, however, but one or another gator periodically comes up to this or that road on Redstone Arsenal and dies, causing a brief media frenzy. But no crocs. I figured this was a hoax.
Posted by The Mikado  in  Huntsville, AL  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  11:49 AM
It is messed up that someone is saying that crocodile came out of New Orleans! However, there ARE crocodiles in the US; they are called American Crocodiles, are endangered, and live in southern Florida, the Caribbean, southern Mexico, and along the Central American coast south to Venezuela.
Posted by Lani  in  NY  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  12:13 PM
For a real thrill try taking the Jumping Crocodile tour on the Adelaide River in Australia's Northern Territory (http://www.jumpingcrocodile.com.au/).

When one of those monsters pokes his head up a few feet away and looks you over through the plexiglass you know what the lobsters in the supermarket feel like.
Posted by Blondin  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  01:59 PM
The American Crocodile has been reported (anecdotally) at 21+ feet and is indigenous to "the southern United States.", which can be verified quite simply online. This lays a reality base, however tenuous, for the hoax claim.

The real red flag was that this story was not picked up by any news organizations.
Posted by Bob Maurus  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  10:38 PM
we are just a couple of ole country asses here and we knew it was a hoax. Crocs don't live in N.O. they don't like mardi grau beads.
Posted by phil and mike  in  nashville, tn  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  05:26 AM
And no one noticed the truck had no N.O plates on it?
Posted by VP  in  NJ  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  11:47 AM
The real identifier of a hoax is that those people in the photo do not resemble US army officials at all! and why would they keep it in a hotel freezer!
Posted by Larry  in  Fullerton CA  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  12:22 PM
Crocs don't live in NO, there was no electricity after the hurricane to keep a hotel freezer going, and there is no Hotel Azur in New Orleans. I figured this out, but then found your website.
Posted by Bonnie  in  Fort Worth, TX  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  12:51 PM
Only in south Florida do crocodiles and alligators co-exist in all the world. In other parts of the USA, alligators are found, including New Orleans. Gators have rounded jaws and tend to be black.
Posted by Gaye Thomas  in  Franklin, Tennessee, USA  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  02:25 PM
Got this forwarded to me at WORK of all places, and I knew it couldn't be real--we don't have crocs in the States and I hadn't heard about it from any major newswire. Sheesh, some folks will believe anything they get in their email. *sigh*
Posted by KW  in  KC, Missouri  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  03:52 PM
Boy Oh Boy... People will believe anything that presents itself as a periodical.. Anyone who has the smallest bit of commone sense would realize that that is a BEAST from the continent. I mean all it takes is bit of exposure to the Discovery Channel for goodness sakes...

And if you don't have cable watch PBS..

LOL Imagine the wildlife necessary for such an animal to reach such dimensions. Last I check I haven't seen any Wildabeast crossing the rough Mississipi for greener pastures (GEEEZ). LOL
Posted by Huricardo  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  04:13 PM
There are other clues besides the unlikely occurrence of a large croc swimming around in New Orleans--unless it escaped from a zoo or other wildlife attraction. No license plate on the truck, as has been mentioned and non-standard lettering on the back of the truck. But check out the black guys standing around. They are all reasonably well groomed and well barbered. Not a pair of baggy pants among them, and no sideways baseball caps and no dreadlocks.
Posted by WRITER  in  CENTRAL LOUISIANA  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  06:32 PM
A normal person is not going to be that close and calm next to something that big. You can tell that its not real. The people are to calm and the rope looks to weak
Posted by kelly  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  06:49 PM
It's sad people have to kill these things. It's been living all these years, and it got so big, yet they still had to kill it. Just rehabilitate it, it's not that big a deal.

Even if it is a hoax, the poor gator still had to die. =\
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  07:35 PM
I knew this picture was a email was a fake. The license plate on the truck is not American, Then I read that the stomach of the crocodile was in the Azur Hotel. So i went to yahoo, search and looked up Azur Hotel New Orleans and nothing came up but this website which proved me right. Also you can see that the font, and color has been changed in the email. Booyah!!!
Posted by Free  in  Mildenhall, Eng  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  12:00 PM
It is a shame that some people do not have a life that is important to them. It is not funny to send phoney emails. "The old saying is phoney is as phoney does". Get a life pal or better yet, get a crocodile.
Posted by Preciousg  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  12:37 PM
There is a small chance that the endangered American Crocodile could be living in New Orleans. However, it is a smaller species than the saltwater or Nile crocs.
Another way to tell that it's a hoax is that the length and weight of the animal don't add up. Last year, PBS had an one hour special on a killer Nile Crocodile in Africa. They estimated the Crocodile to be at least 20 feet long and weighs a ton (2000lbs). It's very unlikely that a 21 footer will weigh more than twice as much as a 20 footer.
Posted by Q  in  Ohio  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  01:14 PM
Danger, Danger, Danger.
Posted by Javier Manzano  in  San Antonio, TX  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  03:22 PM
The majority population may not notice this, but the men in the photo are Africans. One can tell by the style of the clothes and footwear.
Posted by trstar  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  04:12 PM
The middle pic shows a SAND bank in the background. There is no sand in New Orleans, and if there was, it would have been washed away in the flooding.
Posted by Big Daddy Stizzle  in  Chicago  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  04:33 PM
Plus, the 80 & 90 on the back of the truck are Kilometre per hour maximum speeds. Meant fo' europe or africa.
Posted by aiiiiiit  in  n.o  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  06:03 PM
What does baggy pants and side ways baseball caps have to do with anything.
Posted by AJ  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  06:26 PM
The crock only eats dudes with baggy pants and sideways baseball caps...I was wondering where he went to...anyone up for Burgers when I thaw his @ss out?
Posted by Pflight400  in  I Da Ho  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  09:09 PM
The croc is a Nile Croc (umm... I guess it's range still doesn't include south LA); this species kills and eats lots of humans in Africa every year; the photo is also from Africa: the people, the truck, and the licence plates

But... an excellent photo of a croc; many lack a good perspective shot so one can appreciate size, but this demonstrate how large and how frightening the nile croc and the saltwater croc of Australia can be.

I've spent time in south Louisiana; trust me, this dead animal won't go to waste... it's skeleton will end up in a museum and the meat (which can be fried up quite nicely) will end up in persons' bellies....
Posted by salamander dork  on  Thu Sep 22, 2005  at  12:06 AM
Sunny greetings from Mauritius!! I knew there was something fishy. These people do not look like Americans. While checking I found your website. Thanks and keep it up.
Posted by Sabine Moosooliah  in  Mauritius  on  Thu Sep 22, 2005  at  02:02 AM
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