Lonely Planet Writer

The curious case of the Maldives’ crocodiles

Red Pond, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.
Red Pond, Laamu Atoll, Maldives. Image by Shazwan / CC BY 2.0

The tropical islands of the Maldives have started to attract a new kind of tourist, according to reports from local fishermen. In recent weeks, there have been numerous sightings of salt-water crocodiles, and a ten-foot specimen was captured by fishermen in Laamu Atoll in December 2013. The Maldives has no native crocodiles and the nearest area with a crocodile population is southern India, nearly 430km to the northeast. The government has been quick to play down the sightings, claiming the sightings may represent just a single crocodile that was swept to the Maldives by monsoon tides. Read more: minivan.com