The Jakarta Post
A big estuarine crocodile has been sighted in Nusakambangan's waters close to Kampung Laut, Cilacap regency, Central Java, in the last few days, giving jitters to residents who claim it is the first sighting in over 15 years.
“I myself saw it while lying under mangrove trees on my way back from Kampung Laut to Cilacap," Kampung Laut district head Nurindra Wahyu told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
Nurindra said he saw the crocodile for two consecutive days at the same spot while on his way home from his office.
“It’s relatively big, some 3.5 meters long. It stayed still when our boat was passing by,” he said.
He added that the local administration hadn't received a report on a crocodile sighting in over 15 years. The last report was made 15 years ago by a fisherman who caught a small crocodile in the area.
Responding to report, personnel from the Indonesian Navy, Natural Resource Conservation Center and Water Police have begun patrolling the area, aiming to catch the crocodile.
Kampung Laut, a district of 14,000 residents, is located almost in the middle of the sea, separated from Cilacap city on the mainland. It takes two hours to cruise to Kampung Laut from Cilacap by a motorboat.
Kampung Laut is close from Nusakambangan, the renowned high-security prison island in Cilacap regency.