MASSIVE CROC IN DARWIN HARBOUR
A MONSTER croc measuring an incredible 4.7m has been pulled from Darwin Harbour by Parks and Wildlife rangers
Members of the Crocodile Management Team initially received a phone call from a fisho on Monday reporting a 3m saltie secured in a Myrmidon Creek trap but were shocked to find a creature almost 2m longer.
Wildlife ranger Ian Hunt has been working with the Crocodile Management Team for the past three years and can’t recall coming across a larger saltie.
“He’s a big croc but it’s hard to know exactly how long the animal was because he was missing part of his tail,” he said. Mr Hunt said it’s possible the saltie was attacked by a larger crocodile. “Obviously he has been pushed out of a river or a billabong and found his way into the harbour looking for new territory and was able to find an easy meal in the trap,” he said.
Due to his monstrous girth, Mr Hunt said the team had to secure the animal alongside the boat as he wouldn’t fit inside the vessel.
“We used a winch and a lot of muscle power to get him on the trailer back at the boat ramp,” he said.
Mr Hunt said salties were known to move around at this time of the year. “Be safe on the water and don’t take risks. Always be vigilant and know that if you live in the Top End, there will be crocodiles in the waterways,” he said.
Parks and Wildlife pull a 4.7m croc out of Darwin Harbour, top left, and bring it ashore, main