Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Australia monster crocodile caught after eight-year hunt

Australia monster crocodile caught after eight-year hunt

A Department of Tourism and Culture spokeswoman said rangers removed the 600kg croc from a trap at a private property at Taylor's Park.

While the average saltwater crocodile is 17-feet-long, captures of this size are rare, wildlife authorities told CNN.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife said it had trapped the 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) reptile on Monday more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) from the ocean and only 30 kilometers (19 miles) downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the Northern Territory town of Katherine.

"It's a bit of a thrill, but you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is", Burke said.

"Although this is the biggest we've caught in the Katherine River, there are bigger ones out there that come up from the Daly River", he added.


KATHERINE (Northern Territory), July 10 - An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600kg has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said this morning.

The robust male croc joins the ranks of 190 other crocodiles that have already been captured and moved from populated areas in the Northern Territory this year.

The largest crocodile ever captured in Australia measured 6.4 meters, according to records.

The largest crocodile caught in a "trap" was more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), and the largest one "harpooned" by rangers was also more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), it states.

Since crocodiles became a protected species, crocodile numbers in the Northern Territory have exploded from 3,000 to an estimated 80,000 to 100,000. "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..."

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