Gotta Watch: Big - REALLY big - critters
If you think the 13-foot, 900 pound gator this Massachusetts woman caught is exceptionally large, wait until you see what a group of villagers caught in the Philippines.
September 7th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Big - REALLY big - critters

Few things are as intriguing as uber large animals. Sure you've seen big dogs or cats, but we're talking about HUGE, rare creatures that make you want to do a double take. It's all on the heels of our most popular video yesterday, featuring footage of a one-ton crocodile. In case you missed it, it's at the end of our blog, but you've gotta watch other ginormous land and sea creatures.

Snaky roadways – This 10-foot boa constrictor gives a new meaning to the warning “dangerous curves.” It was slithering along a busy Florida highway when it was discovered.
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Sizing up a shark – Confronting a nearly 500-pound shark should be scary, but for one Massachusetts teen, it ignited pure excitement as he reeled in the enormous sea creature.
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Now that's a lot of lobster – Usually a large lobster means good eating for seafood enthusiasts. But this lobster was so big – 20 pounds – it saved him from the cooking pot. It's probably best because it would have needed a lot of butter.
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Crazy-sized croc – It's the story you just couldn't get enough of yesterday with an image that keeps on giving. It took a group of villagers three weeks to capture this 21-foot long, one-ton crocodile.
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    September 7, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      yeah! they are just pictures! They arent real animals that have been captured and then a picture taken of before they are killed!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • char

      You do realize how stupid you sound don't you!!! talk about an IDIOT!!!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim tech

    OMG why are you killing these beautiful animals/!!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • KillFLIP

      kill or be killed!!!!!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fenris

      Can you not comprehend? The snake, the lobster, the Philippines alligator are all alive.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      As Arlo Guthrie once said, "Kill, Kill, Kill ! I want to feel blood and guts between my teeth. Kill !" And then I sat down on the Group W bench.......

      September 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • smrtaz

      that lobster makes me hungry

      September 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • smrtaz

      So riddle me this Batman. If you kill one 20 foot crocodile, how many animals do you save? I'm pretty sure that thing isn't a vegetarian.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • iminim

      If you don't think killing these animals is OK, what would you feed the one ton, now captive croc? Vegetables? More water buffalo? Live animals? Humans? Nothing, and let it die a slow death? I'm not big on killing animals unnecessarily, but that croc has been a menace & "terrorized" the community. A quick death with as little pain as possible sounds OK to me. Maybe better than allowing it to kill more animals and threaten more human lives.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B Lindie

    The snake will probably be killed because it is an invasive species in Florida. Pythons and boa constrictors do not belong there and when they are found, they are destroyed or used for research.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fenris

    I agree about the snake – the pythons and boas definitely don't belong in Florida, and are killing off the native animals. It's not their fault that irresponsible people turn them loose, but I'd rather see the native animals saved.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nichole

    PETA is going to have a fit and free them all.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      I hope the PETA nuts get bitten in the Axss by the giant croc.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      As much as they talk about saving them, PETA is one of the biggest killer of animals on the planet. In 2010 they took in 2345 adoptable animals. 63 were transferred and 44 were adopted. 2200+ perfectly fine animals were put down by PETA.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    the ignorance of mankind will take care of us soon enough, and rightly so!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Harvey

    If there is crap like that living here on earth; I am moving to the moon

    September 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Minerva from LA

    Why is it we cannot appreciate the awe of such magnificent creatures? Why must we dominate them, kill them, put them into captivity like slaves, crush their spirits and right to live unpestered by human interference? I have a Red Tail Suriname boa currently, still a teenager in snake years. His name is Magnus the Great. He enjoys going to the park, laying his big snake coils on the shoulders of kids to be photographed, climbing on a small tree to watch from the branches while my dog plays below with other dogs. He enjoys swimming in lagoons or in tub, climbing his tree at home. I have educated many kids and parents on how not to freak out when you see a reptile, but to enjoy them. They are not pets for everyone, but the few of us who do have them, can bridge an understanding between species, an appreciation and respect between croc and human, snake and human, lizard and human... Fear is born of ignorance and prejudice between species – human and non-human. Don't kill a huge alligator who managed to reach an awesome size, so you can display your trophy on CNN or brag to your friends. In my eyes, you are pathetically ignorant and the worst type of human being that exists! Animals do not exist for our benefit. They have a right to live and be respected, just as we humans expect for ourselves. STOP KILLING ANIMALS FOR YOUR EGO!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Incorrect P.C.

      boohooo po'lil ani-mawls....ITS THE LAW OF NATURE!!!!!!!!!!! We were/are the best at dominating, that's all.

      If we were in the freaking swamp, that 20fter would have NO PROBLEM chowing down on us. Neither would the snake (if it knew it could fit us in its belly).

      So please stop your self-righteous, indignant, condescending human-hating self loathing "humans are bad" crap and eat some alligator tail – they are soooooooo yummy!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim tech

      I so agree with you.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindylouwho

      I so agree, swamp people is one of the best shows on tv eat more gator.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaret

      i agree with minerva, people prove how petty we are when we abuse lifeforms we deem "less" than we are. and mr incorrect Pc, its not the law of nature at work here, would that croc eat you? possibly but they dont eat everything for no reason, if they did they would run out of food. Besides they arent doing it for entertainment because they are too bored and ignorant to find something better to do. I hate that argument that since we are more powerful then we should treat everything however we want at the moment, does that mean the most powerful people should make slaves out of all of us cause they can? or if aliens come from space should they just eat all of us cause we are less advanced?

      September 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I agree, and the argument that "we are at the top of the chain, so we can do that" just doesn't sit well with me. how about "we are at the top of the food chain, and DON'T need to do that"...

      September 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • hippypoet

      as much as i agree, i think your an idiot for naming anything Magnus the Great as the magnus means great.... its like saying it was a huge giant... its asking for someone to come and call you an idiot!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Agree! Agree! Agree!

      September 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      There is nothing wrong with dominating other animals as long as we respect the power we have over them.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ding

      How is keeping a snake as a pet and showing him off to kids in the park not in disagreement with your complaint about putting these magnificent creatures into captivity like slaves?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Miguel DeMoravia

    The word "ton" doesn't mean what CNN thinks it means. A ton is 2,000 pounds, not 1,000. Therefore, this 900 pound crocodile is not a one-tone crocodile, it's a half-ton crocodile.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umm..

      Apparently you need to go back and look again. there are 2 crocs on this page. one is 13 foot, 900 pounds.. the other is 21 foot, 2000 pounds.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Musomesa

      Naaa - a ton is 80 stone.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hippypoet

    what! omg! there are things outside!!!!! i just can't believe it...i'm never leaving home again... unless to get a wrap 🙂

    September 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hippypoet

    peopel have been "discovering" giant things since we started viewing ourselves as outside nature.... hence the shock! these creatures get this big , well used to get this big all the time... then we started thinking we were better, needed more land, and so they were either killed off or died off due to lack of land to live off of... funny part is we are the food for some of these creatures, yet if any one of them were to kill any one of us... we kill pretty much everyone for miles! totally fair right?

    September 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    What bothers me by anti-PETA people is that they think that because animal A eats animal B in the wild that means humans should eat whatever they want. How about, we rise to the top to help everything below us. You can see the effects of gluttony all through society from the obesity to the demand for oil. Just because it's easy to get doesn't mean you need to stuff your face.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      People only eat so that they live, some are gluttons and some are vegetarians some are carnivores, your right to choose. But catching the largest of a spieces does not mean a crime has been committed but that a feast may be in the planning stage. In some cases it is necessary to know how large a creature grows so as to take proper precautions when trespassing in their domain. Whatever, PETA followers know little of what they paw at.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Li55iE

    HA! nice one! aparently miguel didn't read the article!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Musomesa

    A 10 ft boa is a juvenile. Can kill you though!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. la boof

    I just caught a 40 lb corndog trying to eat my sofa! Thank God that menace is no longer around to terrorize and horrify! BURP!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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