Sighting of a crocodile in the shallow sea off Mt.Lavinia, Dehiwala, Colpetty terrorized the people in the area. But this is not a new phenomena as crocodiles are reported in the sea on many occasions. In March 2012, just few days before famous 2 mile swim, a croc was seen off Dehiwala. But the event took place without any problem.
In January, 2011 a Croc that come to bask on a rock near Matara Town become a celebrity drawing huge crowd rushed to witness it. In 1999 another croc got entangled in fishing nets in the sea off Moratuwa. Many thinks that the salt water will harm the croc and will kill the beast eventually. But this species that we often found in the sea is known as Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) that can adopt to a living in the sea.
Like in 2012 where croc disappeared after few days, most probably find its way to the home – the croc that can be seen off colombo too go peacefully this time too. Until that people need to act carefully, but there is nothing to panic calls the experts.
Following are links to my stories about the crocs found in Sea and around Colombo
- Crocodile in Dehiwala sea does not spoil fun of two-mile swim – March, 2012 : https://window2nature.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/crocodile-in-dehiwala-sea-does-not-spoil-fun-of-two-mile-swim/
Offshore Croc has Matara abuzz
A croc comes to town – Dec, 2007
The saltie that terrorised Rawatawatte – Sept, 2015