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Monster Katherine River saltwater crocodile finally caught after decade-long hunt

Monster Katherine River saltwater crocodile finally caught after decade-long hunt Monster Katherine River saltwater crocodile finally caught after decade-long hunt
Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 04:46

The saltwater crocodile is estimated to weigh more than 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) and to measure out at 4.7 meters (15 feet), according to ABC News.

NT Parks and Wildlife rangers caught the 4.7-metre saltwater crocodile on Monday at a private property at Taylor's Park, 60km downstream from Katherine.

Tourists swim, canoe and take cruises in the gorge among freshwater crocodiles, a different species that are small, timid and rarely harm humans.

Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring nearly 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday.

Northern Territory-based crocodile expert Grahame Webb said saltwater crocs, also known as estuarine crocodiles, were heading farther upstream into fresh water river systems as their population has boomed since they were protected by federal law in 1971.

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

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

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. Webb said that areas where saltwater crocodiles are the most sparse can be the most risky.

According to the government, the largest saltwater crocodile caught in a net in the region was pulled from Mary River in 1974.

Generally, crocodiles live an average of 70-years, though a rare few exceed 100.

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