Surabaya is Indonesia's second largest city after Jakarta. Like most cities in the world that have their own symbols, the city of Surabaya also has one. The symbol is unique; it’s a fight between a crocodile and a shark. There are some versions how the city got its name, and here is one version. Happy reading!
Long time ago, all animals were able to talk to one another. Some animals lived in the jungles, some lived in the seas, and some others lived in the rivers.
There was a crocodile that lived in a river. He had not been eating for days. There were no any fish. It was dry season and the river was dry. The crocodile planned to leave the river and wanted to catch some fish in the sea.
It was a hot day. The crocodile finally arrived at the sea. He swam and looked for the fish. Did he get it? Yes, he did!
The crocodile was so happy. He ate the fish.
A shark saw the crocodile eating the fish. He did not like it!
"Hey, what are you doing here?" yelled the shark.
"Eating some fish. Why?" asked the crocodile.
"You don't belong here! This is my place! Go now," ordered the shark.
"Oh yeah? I don't care! I'm hungry and I will not leave this place until I'm full!" mocked the crocodile.
"I've told you to leave this sea. If you don't want to go now, I have to attack you!"
"You want to attack me? I will attack you back!" yelled the crocodile.
The shark was extremely angry. He tried to bite the crocodile's tail. The crocodile was able to avoid it.
The crocodile used his tail to hit the shark. The shark moved so fast.
Both the shark and the crocodile were equally strong. The fight lasted for days. There was no sign that it would end.
Both animals kept on fighting. It attracted people's attention. They were so amazed with the animals' power. They were talking and the news spread very fast. Many people went to the sea to see the fight.
You know what? People then named the place of the fight as Surabaya. It is taken from the words Sura (the shark) and Baya (the crocodile). They also depicted the fight as the symbol of their city.
After you read the folktale, now answer the questions:
- Where did the crocodile live?
- Why did the crocodile go to the sea?
- Why was the shark angry at the crocodile?
- People in Surabaya depicted the fight as the symbol of the city. What is the meaning of the word “depicted”?
- What is the moral lesson of the story?