Rangers believe the crocodile is around 60 years old, making it the eldest and largest of three Salties spotted during the survey. It was caught alongside another, much smaller croc, which stretched a still reasonably gigantic 7-feet.
Authorities were happy to remove the potential hazard from the Katherine River, making it safer for swimmers and tourists to not be swallowed alive by a gaping mouth. Still, Ranger John Burke urged caution.
“Even though it is the dry season, crocs are around. They are always moving around regardless of the temperature,” he said. “The population is growing.”
Anyway, while removing a crocodile threat from a heavily populated area is good news, it doesn't mean giant scaly crocodilians and their alligator brethren aren't fun to look at.