Saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptiles in the world, growing up to 20 feet in length (occasionally longer) and weighing up to 1½ tons (occasionally more). Along with the smaller freshwater Nile crocodile in Africa, they're probably the most deadly to humans of all crocodile and alligator species. They were responsible for the worst incident of crocodile-on-human predation in recorded history during the 1945 Battle of Ramree Island, when (according to conflicting accounts) anywhere from a few hundred to almost a thousand Japanese troops were killed and eaten. One contemporary account states:
"That night was the most horrible that any member of the motor launch crews ever experienced. The scattered rifle shots in the pitch black swamp punctured by the screams of wounded men crushed in the jaws of huge reptiles, and the blurred worrying sound of spinning crocodiles made a cacophony of hell that has rarely been duplicated on earth. At dawn the vultures arrived to clean up what the crocodiles had left. … Of about 1,000 Japanese soldiers that entered the swamps of Ramree, only about 20 were found alive."
Not a nice way to die . . .
Be that as it may, my thoughts were turned to saltwater crocodiles by an article in the Daily Mail, describing one of these monster reptiles that took bait from a stick right alongside a boat full of tourists. In the picture below, note the size of the beast in comparison to the human figures, and its missing right foreleg, presumably lost in a fight with another crocodile or a shark.
There's more at the link. It's an interesting article.
Looking at the size of that thing (and note that only about a third of its length is out of the water), it's no wonder so many Japanese soldiers never made it off Ramree Island . . .