MAS­SIVE CROC IN DAR­WIN HAR­BOUR

NT News - - FRONT PAGE - IS­ABELLA HOOD

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.

Pic­ture: NT PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Parks and Wildlife pull a 4.7m croc out of Dar­win Har­bour, top left, and bring it ashore, main

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