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King Croc at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

One of the largest reptiles in captivity at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

June 18, 2014 11:42 by

One of the largest saltwater crocodiles has traveled all the way from Queensland, Australia, to join other marine animals in Dubai.

Revealed this morning (June 17) at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the massive reptile, fondly named King Croc, has officially become the newest member of the marine collection.

King Croc is one of the largest reptiles in the world, and is also one of the largest of his species. He weighs roughly 750 kilograms and his head alone is the equivalent to 30 of our own. He measures more than 5 meters in length, which has been compared to six full-sized shopping trolleys.

Many are fascinated by the creature but are, naturally, quite afraid of him and his gargantuan proportions.
In attempt to quell the fear, Australian ambassador to the UAE, Pablo Kang, joked early this morning, “As the late, great Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin once said, crocodiles are easy, they try to kill you and eat you. Humans are harder because sometimes they try to pretend that they are your friends first.”

Kang continued to explain how he hoped King Croc would grow to become an educational tool here in the city.

He says: “I hope that King Croc and Misses King Croc will play a great role, together with the aquarium, in educating all the visitors that come here about the importance of salt water conservation. And maybe, after you’ve seen the crocodiles here, you will be tempted to go see them in their natural habitat down under.”

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