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> Secret Revealed: How Crocodiles Cross Oceans
> Charles Q. Choi
> LiveScience Contributor
charles Q. Choi
> livescience Contributor
Mon Jun 7, 1:06 pm ET
> How did the world's largest living reptile, the saltwater crocodile,
> reach so many South Pacific islands separated by huge stretches of water
> despite being a poor swimmer?
> Apparently, like a surfer catching a wave, these goliaths can ride
> currents on the ocean surface to cross large areas of open sea,
> researchers now reveal.
> The saltwater or estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is a ferocious
> giant that can grow at least 23 feet long (7 meters) and weigh more than
> 2,200 pounds (1000 kilograms). These scaly monsters have been known to
> devour sharks, and even attack things they can't eat, often assaulting
> boats in the mistaken belief they are rivals or prey, biting down with
> nearly 2 tons of pressure - powerful enough to crush bone or punch
> through aluminum hulls.