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article imageRecord number of crocodiles found in Australian waters

By Paris Franz     Jan 1, 2013 in World
Darwin - Wildlife rangers caught a record 314 saltwater crocodiles in the waterways of Australia's "Top End" in 2012. One of them was 4.85 metres long.
Figures released by the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission show that 314 estuarine crocodiles were caught in 2012, the equivalent of more than six a week. 215 of them were fished out of Darwin Harbour, in the centre of a city that is home to nearly 130,000 people.
The previous record was 306 set two years ago, according to the NT News.
The Daily Telegraph reports a 12 year-old boy was killed by a crocodile near Port Bradshaw, 400 miles east of Darwin. Two weeks before that human remains were found in a crocodile’s stomach after a seven year-old girl was attacked while swimming in a water hole.
Saltwater crocodiles were hunted almost to extinction before becoming a protected species in 1971. Numbers have since soared, and there are believed to be around 150,000 crocodiles in the Top End. The two fatal attacks have sparked calls for the crocodiles to be selectively culled.
Parks and Wildlife Commission senior ranger Tom Nichols told NT News:
“We urge everyone to be extremely cautious around all waterways and to heed safety signs. Estuarine crocodiles are common in the Top End and can inhabit any waterways including freshwater systems, billabongs and low areas subject to flooding.”
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