The late Dr John Thorbjarnarson was probably the 20th century's leading expert on crocodilian species. Reporters often called Dr. Thorbjarnarson to ask how dangerous alligators and crocodiles are. In the interest of the animals’ safety, he played down their ferocity.
But when The Daily News in New York asked him in 1998 about the viciousness of Godzilla (a new movie about the giant lizard was being filmed in New York), Dr. Thorbjarnarson pulled no punches. He said that big reptiles like meat, and that Godzilla, if he really existed, would head for Manhattan because of the population density.