Crocodile wrestling – all in a day's work
This is the moment two Cornishmen grappled with a giant crocodile in aid of research.
Luke Evans, of Goldsithney, Penwith, and Isaac Field, of Penryn, joined a team to capture and tag the monster – thought to be one of the biggest crocs ever caught – in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
The beast measured more than five metres long.
Mr Evans, 24, a former Mounts Bay Academy student who is in the country studying estuarine, or saltwater, crocodiles as part of his higher education research, said: "When we first saw the crocodile, it was in the trap and it was clear to me that it was going to measure in at more than five metres.
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"The feeling was pure excitement, these are the kind of days that make me love my PhD.
"It's the third crocodile we have tagged in the Kinabatangan River in Sabah – this one was considerably larger than the other two."
The work is part of a continuing project being carried out as part of a study at Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), aiming to understand the long-term movements of the animals.
It took the combined efforts of a 12-man team to pull the animal from its trap before it was tagged.
"The 5.2-metre individual is, to our knowledge, the largest ever tagged, eclipsing the previous record of 4.65-metre carried out in Australia," said Mr Evans.
The team studied the crocodile, measured it and carried out other research before releasing it back into the wild.