Does This Photo Show a 22-Foot Long, 2500-Pound Crocodile?

A photo showing a group of people posing with a 22-foot long, 2500-pound giant crocodile is circulating with the story that these villagers had to call in the army because people were disappearing due to this creature. Are the photo and story true?

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The photo appears to be real, but it uses perspective tricks to make the crocodile appear larger than it really is.

One caption reads:

The people in a village on the Niger River in Africa were losing fellow villagers at such a rapid rate, that they had to call in the Army to hunt down the culprit: a 22-foot, 2500-pound crocodile.

Another caption states:

Humans are usually predators, but we can be prey too. The people in a village on the Niger River in Africa were losing fellow villagers at a rapid rate and called in the army, which shot a 7 m, 1200 Kg crocodile.

Optical Illusion
The crocodile is much closer to the camera than the villagers behind it, giving it the impression that the creature is enormous. Most estimates are that the croc was likely closer to 14 to 16 feet in length. One would expect that if a group of people were posing directly behind the creature, someone would have a hand or arm on or around the creature, which is not the case here – because they are too far away to do so.

Though this photo received some attention back in January, along with a consensus that the image was the result of “forced perspective,” the story and exaggerated claims continue to circulate.


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  • imgur

    imgur sent me here.

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  • chris

    I believe the image to be true and the measurements to be relative…
    The adult human Head is roughly 4-7 inches wide.. using this ratio u can decipher an average length about 20-22 ft of the actual animal,..its not rocket science…just regular science :)

    • Jonathan H

      What ratio? And even if your math were correct, the crocodile is closer to the camera than the people in the picture, making the croc look bigger than it really is.

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