Is a crocodile friend or foe?

Crocodiles along the River Nile kill approximately two hundred people a year, which is more than all other crocodiles combined. This statistic alone could easily make you think that crocodiles are an enemy, but it’s not that simple…

They are certainly large and strong dangerous animals. They grab their prey in their powerful jaws and drag them under the water, holding it there until  it drowns.

However they can also be seen as friends. Crocodiles protect fish stocks by helping to keep the balance in the rivers and lakes of where they live. They eat the bigger fish, which leaves the smaller fish for humans to catch and eat.