Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Giant 600kg crocodile finally caught after decade-long hunt

Giant 600kg crocodile finally caught after decade-long hunt

The 4.7-metre male saltwater croc was caught in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory on Monday afternoon.

Rangers also caught at a smaller 2.3m crocodile from a trap in the Katherine River near the same area yesterday. Mid-year is the peak tourist season.

A MONSTER 4.7-metre saltwater crocodile - the biggest ever found in the Katherine River systems - was finally captured yesterday after a decade-long hunt.

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", senior wildlife officer John Burke told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Saltwater crocodiles, affectionately referred to as salties, can be spotted throughout the Northern Territory. Satellite tracking had shown one croc tagged in a Northern Territory waterhole had swum 900 kilometers (560 miles), for unknown reasons, before returning to the same place.

"They were surprised because it's unusual to find a croc of his size in that area", she said.

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"That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most unsafe to people", Webb said.

Webb said the capture so close to tourists demonstrated that the government protection program worked.

"It's worrying, but it's good that they've got an active program and they've got active traps", he said.

"He has been taken to a croc farm in the Katherine region". Though it's record-breaking for the area, elsewhere in the wild, saltwater crocodiles can be much larger.

The crocodile population has exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with the killing of an elderly woman previous year reigniting calls to curb their numbers.

The average saltwater crocodiles, or Crocodylus porosus, can live up to about 70 years, according to National Geographic, and during that time, can grow 17 feet (5.1 metres) long and weigh 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms).

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