Giant Saltwater Croc Captured Down Under

It’s not just the United States and big game parks in Africa that have older, overgrown and dangerous male nuisance animals to deal with. Australia does as well, and this week, rangers on the island continent captured a saltwater crocodile that was so legendary, they’ve been after it for years.

The [15 foot] 1,300-pound predator was caught about 185 miles from the ocean and about 19 miles downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the town of Katherine, the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife officials said.

Authorities had been hunting the giant crocodile for a decade, ranger John Burke said.

“We’ve called it a lot of things over the years because it’s been so hard to catch,” Burke said.

“On record, this is the biggest saltwater crocodile removed from the Katherine management zone,” he said, referring to the part of the river where saltwater crocs are captured because they get too close to the tourist areas.

Unlike overgrown California sea lions who sit in the middle of the salmon ladders and pick off the slow ones. They’re pretty easy to find.

Saltwater crocodiles are a protected species in Australia, even when they get a little close to the tourists. This particular salty was taken to a farm not all that far away. He may well be destined to be a tourist attraction unto himself.

Here’s to hoping the keepers down under find a really good fence to keep the reptile confined.


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