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Police shoot Michael Jackson after huge croc eats man in tourist spot

August 20, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A renowned giant crocodile in the Northern Territory, known as Michael Jackson because of its white-coloured head, has killed a fisherman in front of his wife and in turn been shot dead by police in boats.

The fisherman had waded into the NT’s famed Adelaide River to unsnag his line, the ABC reported.

Adelaide River is famed for jumping crocs, which leap from the water to seize chunks of meat, keeping tourists spellbound.  The man was taken just 100 metres from where the jumping crocodile tourist boats embark, the ABC said.Supplied- Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises

Signs in the area warn that crocodiles are present and dangerous.

In a similar incident in June this year, an enormous crocodile leapt from the waters of a billabong near a popular tourist spot in Kakadu National Park and dragged a 62-year-old fisherman to his doom. The man’s wife, son and daughter-in-law watched in horror as the attack took place.

Police later confirmed in the June incident that they had found human remains in one of two giant crocodiles they had shot following the attack.

After the latest attack, the man’s wife ran for help after seeing her husband taken.

“He was there with his wife and he was fishing on the water’s edge,” NT Police Superintendent Jo Foley told the ABC.

Police and wildlife officers in a flotilla of boats found and shot Michael Jackson, the 4.5-metre crocodile, a few hours later.

Remains of the deceased fisherman have been recovered and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Joe Skinner says:

    perhaps they should shoot the stupid fisherman and spare the crocs ! – same type of dumb resource management sees sharks hunted after fatal attacks………..

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