A 25-year old fisherman nearly became the meal of a large crocodile in Palawan when he was attacked while fishing off the waters of Balabac town, the local police said on Saturday.
Lt. Col. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said the victim, Janilon Amalong, was fishing using a spear gun at around 1 a.m. on Thursday when the crocodile attack occurred.
The crocodile reportedly tried to drag the victim away but Amalong was able to free himself with the help of his uncle. The crocodile swam away later.
“As a result, he suffered injuries on the head and left eye,” said Tolentino.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his wounds.
The southernmost part of Palawan is home to saltwater crocodiles.
Experts said crocodile attacks in the southern part of Palawan is a result of people invading the crocodiles’ natural habitat, like constructing houses in the breeding and hunting grounds of the crocodiles.