Philippine Crocodiles at Siargao’s Paghungawan Marsh
Today we went to Paghungawan Marsh to watch the release into the wild of twenty-nine critically endangered Philippine crocodiles.
Located just 4.5 kilometers south of the fishing port of Pilar, Paghungawan Marsh is home to a wild population of the the Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis).
Twenty-nine of these small freshwater crocodiles were brought to Siargao over the last few days from Davao.
A small crowd gathered on the viewing platform over Paghungawan Marsh to watch the release of these crocodiles which are endemic to the Philippines.
While small compared to the saltwater crocodile (also to be found on Siargao) proper precautions were taken for safe handling.
Growing only to around three meters these crocodiles are much smaller than their more abundant cousins the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
Prior to release the tape was of course removed from the mouths of the crocs:
Many visitors on hand had the chance to release a Philippine crocodile into the wild.
And here’s a crocodile being given its freedom in the freshwater of Paghungawan Marsh:
It wasn’t long before we were able to see these Philippine crocodiles swimming freely in their new home…
On your next rip to Siargao be sure to stop by Paghungawan Marsh in the Municipality of Pilar and hopefully you can catch a glimpse of these freshwater Philippine crocodiles!
After a hot afternoon watching the crocodile release we headed just a few kilometers down the road for a picnic and a swim at Tayangban Cave Pool.
Note: It was brought to our attention that the crocodile in Jaboy that we wrote about earlier is being taken to Palawan.