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04 October 2013


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Phil - One has to be very careful when dealing with pukpuks as such relicts of the past have not survived for so long without learning a few tricks or two.

Their ability to lie submerged just below the murky surface but at the same time able to watch activities along the banks awaiting the possible arrival of a possible victim who might stray into the killing field.

Unfortunately for most victims of croc attacks very few survive to utter those famous words, 'once bitten twice shy'.

Thanks Phil and all,for the wonderful job with the Croc Prize! It may be down but its not out yet and with people like you, I know we will shake the pellets of the .303 off and keep going! Good job. Well done!

Actually I wasn't aware that the "freshwater" crocs with the narrow snout were 'novaguinae' and not 'johnstonii'.

I often wondered what the freshies in the estuaries were doing in such salty environments. Now I know.

Should we read anything into the fact that the New Guinea crocs are genetically different to the Papuan crocs?

Phil is using the analogy to give us a picture of what is to come in the not so distant future in relation to this important literary competition.

The whole issue is like a scene in the animated film "Meet the Robinsons". Never give up, every time you fall just pick yourself up and keep on moving.

Thus, learn from this experience and keep on moving.

Justin, the animal crocodile is not the issue in Phil's article. He is only using it to make a point here.

If Phil wanted to write about the different species of crocodile in PNG, it's not a difficult thing to do - simple research and it's done.

Point of order; there are no "freshwater crocodiles" in New Guinea. Crocodylus johnstonii, the freshwater crocodile, simply does not exist in New Guinea.

The two species of crocodile that are found are the Crocodylus porosus, commonly and incorrectly referred to as the saltwater crocodile, and the the Crocodylus novaguinae, the New Guinea crocodile, which is what I assume you refer to as a "freshwater crocodile".

The New Guinea crocodile may certainly be more common in freshwater but that is simply because they can not compete with the porosus variety who dominates the "saltier" environments.

It is quite incorrect to call the New Guinea crocodile, an extremely close relative of the Philippine and Siamese crocs, a freshwater crocodile as they are quite capable of living in salty/estuarine environments.

Incidentally the two populations of Novaguinea, the Fly River population and the Sepik population have been identified as being genetically quite separate.

Many Australians assume that the two species are the same or similar to Australia's dual species predominately divided along the fresh/salt lines but this is quite incorrect.

Just put $50 in to augment prize pool.
Keep up the good work.

Thanks Phil. It's good that the .303 has caused a shake up so we can be cautious and take a different course in 2014.

Important thing is that the .303 hasn't killed the beast and this in itself is justice and a reward for the writers both old and new comers.

Many thanks to you, Keith, and others on the rescue mission.

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