Crocodile Bones Discovered in Dominican Republic Cave

Dominican Republic Speleological Society Cave Divers Explore Oleg Bat House

Photo via Listín Diario Digital

The discovery of a number of bones in a newly explored cave has challenged the belief that crocodiles only exist in southwestern Dominican Republic.

A cave located within La Altagracia, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic, was explored by a team of cave divers from the Dominican Republic Speleological Society (DRSS), the Museo del Hombre Dominicano and funded by the National Geographic Waitt Foundation.

The discovery was made after locals in the area contacted cave diver and diving instructor, Oleg Shevchuk to tell him of a spring within the cave that could be explored.

Inside the cave, fossils from at least three crocodiles, as well as the bones of other creatures such as snakes were seen in the sediment.

The entrance to the 853.44 meter (2,800 foot) long cave, called Oleg Bat House, is a small narrow opening beside a fig tree. Descending 13 meters (43 feet) inside, the cave opens into a large room, filled with bat guano from the thousands of bats that live in the cavities in the ceiling.

Observations indicate at least four different species of bats call the cave home.

Hallan cocodrilos en cueva del Este [Listín Diario Digital]

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