Massive Saltwater Crocodile


Interesting photo buzzing around the Web. Folks familiar with Photoshop say it's legit. At an estimated 18 feet, this saltwater crocodile, which leapt to a bait for the benefit of tourists in Australia's Northern Territories, would run about 3 feet short of the largest on record.

The missing leg is allegedly the result of the croc's tangle with a shark.

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15 comments:

  1. That's terrifying! When I was fishing in N.T., we were not allowed in the water or near the shore because of these guys. Even the relatively small ones that we saw were considered extremely dangerous. I can't imagine doing this with one of that size is safe.

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  2. Amazing! This creature would find itself at home in the Cretaceous!
    The leg looks to me like it was bitten off by another crocodile, though. I have seen American crocodiles near my home with bitten off limbs that look just like that; they get very violent when fighting for territory.

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  3. I'm not even sure where the news stories are getting the shark idea. I assume it's speculation from some informed person. A fellow crocodile would seem to make more sense.

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  4. Sarah--it doesn't look safe to me either, but I think I'd be tempted to take this ride. . .

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  5. I heard tales of large ones in some of the rivers near where we were fishing, but didn't see any for myself (though they were pretty easy to see, even without tempting them out of the water).

    There's also this tourist trap in Darwin:

    http://crocosauruscove.com/

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  6. I didn't see any large ones, I should say. I saw MANY small ones.

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  7. Did you happen to take photos, Sarah? It might be fun to run them here on the blog.

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  8. Oh, tons of pics. I also have some videos - with our guide casually discussing fishing in the background as I scramble away from the crocs. I'll pick out some choice ones and email them to you.

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  9. Here's a video from the Adelaide River Cruises, where they say that not only is the giant croc in the photo quite real but there's an even bigger one around!
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/brutus-picture-not-a-crock/story-e6frea6u-1226094943353

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  10. Thanks, Croconut. I'm going to embed this on the front page where everyone can see it.

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  11. Luv this picture mate, kindly mail video clips if u have em to raymond.chan.fw@gmail.com
    I fancy crocs a lot and at the same time lotsa respect for it can kill a man...

    Cheers,
    Raychan

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  12. Did anyone else notice....the poor old croc is missing an arm :O

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  13. This is fascinating. Is it more likely that the Crocodile is unusually large, or really old?

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  14. Old age is the likely explanation. All male salties get enormous if they live long enough. They continue to grow throughout life.

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