How did the world's largest living reptile, the saltwater crocodile, reach so many South Pacific islands separated by huge stretches of water despite being a poor swimmer?
Apparently, the same way a surfer catching a wave, these ancient big reptiles can ride the currents on the ocean's surface to cross large areas of open sea, researchers now reveal.
"In fact, that's the way we found out", stated Dr. Linus Wilson of the University of Florida at Newport Richey.
"We had sat up many cameras around the crocs in different locations around the world. When we went back to check the film, there were three instances where a big croc or alligator had took off a surfer's leg with a big bite, grabbed the guy or gal's board and began surfing out into the ocean."
"So that's how he makes it to remote islands?", asked a reporter.
"Exactly. They have just fed and will ride that board to an island. Then, years later, they will manage to find another surfer."
Dr. Wilson's assistant then spoke up for the first time. "They call it hanging tail!"
"No they don't! Sit down. That's an old joke. This will go on your record."