Massive croc captured in Australia

The 4.7-metre beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010

The 4.7-metre beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010

A picture of the massive croc showed it with its jaw tapped down and its body tightly bound to a grate with ropes.

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. At the gorge there are freshwater crocodiles, which are smaller 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.

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.

Ranger John Burke said authorities had been hunting the large crocodile in the area for a decade.

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The caption warned: "Large crocodiles can move around Top End waterways undetected and you should always Be Crocwise".

The 4.7m beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010. It was caught and killed in 1974, also in the Northern Territory. "In areas where they're at best low densities, someone won't have seen one for a long, long time and they think they're safe and they're not necessarily safe". Webb said that areas where saltwater crocodiles are the most sparse can be the most risky.

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.

Generally, crocodiles live an average of 70-years, though a rare few exceed 100. "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..."

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