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    Big Croc

    Monster 6.5m killer croc shot
    August 5th, 2010




    THIS monster 6.5m croc had to be killed by locals in a remote Territory Aborigine community because it was killing their cattle.
    Jeida Francis, 23, said the croc was caught in Manangoora, an outstation 56km east of Borroloola in the mid nineties.

    "It was massive. There were three huge ones out there. One of them is still out there at the moment.
    Wow... that's a BIG croc
    "It is pretty well fed," he said of the dead saltie.
    "It took two LandCruisers to pull it out. They have one croc that is still out there. He should be getting to this size by now."
    The photo was taken in the community in 1997. But it appeared on news websites two years ago claiming to be from Albert River, near Burketown in Queensland. See the Cairns croc story here
    Mr Francis said his younger cousin Shaye - who was the little girl in the picture - put the photo on her Facebook page two years ago; that photo had been ripped from the page and circulated on various emails.
    Get out of that water!
    Mr Francis said he spent his childhood growing up with the predators.
    "We used to get dugong bones to feed them, to keep them from feeding on our goats ... this one was getting too nasty and too close. It was attacking our cattle."



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    The second link says it was just 4.70m long...

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    That picture looks like a fat, but normal sized adult rather than a huge one.

    I've got a picture with my body in the mouth of a (dead) 8m plus croc up in the Northern Territories.

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    I doubt it's that fat. Looks more like it's bloated up. They did write that after being killed it sank and was only recovered after it floated back to the surface a couple of days later.

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    Really should put all those crocs in zoo's and farms.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Really should put all those crocs in zoo's and farms.
    That would be proper punishment for the crocs.

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    watched a program /doc/ several yrs ago in uk about a croc in africa , which was 26 or 28 ft long and so say over a 100 yrs old , it was fkin huge ,the doc was made by a german guy who called the monster gustav .dont know what the croc called the german guy ..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikebs4
    26 or 28 ft long
    8-9 metres?

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    I know Wiki is not perfect, but from their item on crocs:

    Two larger certifiable records are both of 6.2 metres (20 ft) crocodiles. The first crocodile was shot in the Mary River in the Northern Territory of Australia in 1974 by poachers and measured by wildlife rangers. The second crocodile was killed in 1983 in the Fly River, Papua New Guinea. In the case of the second crocodile it was actually the skin that was measured by zoologist Jerome Montague, and as skins are known to underestimate the size of the actual animal, it is possible this crocodile was at least another 10 cm longer.

    The largest crocodile ever held in captivity is an Estuarine–Siamese hybrid named Yai (Thai: ใหญ่, meaning big) (born 10 June 1972) at the famous Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Thailand. This animal measures 6 m (19.69 ft) (19 ft 8 in) in length and weighs 1114.27 kg.

    The largest captive crocodile alive in the US is located in South Carolina. In June 2002, Alligator Adventure introduced Utan. At 20 feet (6.1 m) long and weighing in at more than a ton, "Utan", the largest crocodile to ever be exhibited in the United States, made his new home in Myrtle Beach.

    Wildlife experts, however, argue that the largest crocodile so far found in the Bhitarkanika was almost 23 feet (7.0 m) long, which could be traced from the skull preserved by the Kanika Royal Family. The crocodile was shot near Dhamara in 1926 and later its skull was preserved by the then Kanika King. Crocodile experts estimate the animal was between 20 feet (6.1 m) and 23 feet (7.0 m) long, as the size of the skull was measured one ninth of the total length of the body.

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    ^ In Darwin (I think) many years ago, I saw a 8.6m croc in some museum. There was also a lifesized replica in some small town I passed through - I remember it was shot by a woman, but I'm sure it's true, so Wiki is way out on this one.

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    More on Gustave the croc

    Quote Originally Posted by spikebs4 View Post
    watched a program /doc/ several yrs ago in uk about a croc in africa , which was 26 or 28 ft long and so say over a 100 yrs old , it was fkin huge ,the doc was made by a german guy who called the monster gustav .dont know what the croc called the german guy ..........
    6m and 65 years old . . .

    Notorious Man-Eater: Giant Gustave

    Gustave is a massive Nile crocodile living in Burundi. Estimated to be at least 6 metres (20 ft) in length and weighing around 1 ton, he is the largest crocodile ever seen in Africa. However, in parts of Asia and Australia there are 6 m saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) that are well known and easy to spot; individuals 7 metres (23 ft) long have been reported. In eastern India the Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed the existence of a 7 m individual. Therefore, Gustave is not exceptional in size compared to other crocodiles. He is, however, a notorious man-eater, who is rumored to have claimed as many as 300 victims from the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika. While this number is likely greatly exaggerated, Gustave has attained a near-mythical status and is greatly feared by people in the region.

    Gustave was named by Patrice Faye, a French resident of Burundi and self-taught naturalist who has been pursuing the crocodile since 1998. Faye and a documentary team attempted to capture Gustave in 2002 using an enormous trap, but the crocodile not only avoided it, but seemed to taunt the team as well. The ill-fated attempt was detailed in a somewhat sensationalized documentary titled Capturing the Killer Croc, which aired on PBS in May 2004.

    Based on his size, Gustave is estimated to be at least 65 years old. He was sighted most recently in January 2007. He is known for the bullet scars that cover his body.

    Since he is too big and heavy to catch smaller prey like small mammals and fish, he catches larger, heavier animals like wildebeest, humans and zebra. According to a park ranger, Gustave has even killed and eaten an adult hippopotamus, which would normally be able to bite a smaller crocodile in half.

    http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvi...Giant_Gustave/

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    Koorana Crocodile Farm


    I saw a tv documentary on this place in Queensland last month; googled and seems it was one episode of a 4 part series.

    Koorana Crocodile farm was opened in November 1981. It was the first commercial crocodile farm in Queensland. There was no stock available to start the farm so John & Lillian Lever captured crocodiles from the wild that were proving to be a danger to people.

    Koorana provided a live problem capture service for Queensland for 20 years. So we were hunters. We saw it as a service to the community as we had the skills to catch crocs alive. It was also the only way for us to get breeding stock. The alternative for rogue crocodiles was to have them put down (shot)...something that did not sit well with us. We removed over 100 crocodiles from areas of public recreation and residential areas during those early years.

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    The photo was taken in the community in 1997

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    There's a docu on one of the Nat Geo channels. Dr. 'Crazy' Brady on the look out for the 21ft croc.

    He goes everywhere (Africa, South America, Australia) and doesn't find one living in the wild.

    He also featured the corocdile skull mentioned above by Genghis Khan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikebs4 View Post
    watched a program /doc/ several yrs ago in uk about a croc in africa , which was 26 or 28 ft long and so say over a 100 yrs old , it was fkin huge ,the doc was made by a german guy who called the monster gustav .dont know what the croc called the german guy ..........
    Lunch

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    The crocodile looks bigger because the gas from decaying tissue has built up inside. It has blown up like a balloon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    The crocodile looks bigger because the gas from decaying tissue has built up inside. It has blown up like a balloon.
    Bloated you mean? Like Pp said.
    Pol the Pot I doubt it's that fat. Looks more like it's bloated up. They did write that after being killed it sank and was only recovered after it floated back to the surface a couple of days later.
    Wanker.
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    "The largest crocodile ever held in captivity is an Estuarine–Siamese hybrid named Yai (Thai: ใหญ่, meaning big)"

    Quite an imaginative name. Why not call him Lek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    I've got a picture with my body in the mouth of a (dead) 8m plus croc up in the Northern Territories.
    Post it

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    ^ It is at my parents place in Spain; two pics I think, one has the plaque details - I'll my parents to scan it an email it; if and when they do, I'll post it. (Skyping them now...)

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    I remember seeing Eric the crocodile at Eric Worrell's reptile park north of Sydney.
    He sure was was a big enough at 5.6 metres.

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    Yeah, as I remembered; 8.62 metres. The two photos (me in the mouth of croc statue, plaque) should be on their way soon; mum's got a new scanner...

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    The croc in the picture was killed in 2005 in the report I read.

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