- An almost five-metre crocodile was pulled from Darwin Harbour on Sunday night
- The animal’s size made the discovery shocking for even seasoned rangers
- Last year two three-metre crocodiles were pulled from the same area of water
Life in Australia’s Top End often comes alongside some of the country’s most ghastly creatures.
But even seasoned wildlife rangers in Darwin were shocked when they came across a mammoth crocodile in the city’s harbour on Sunday night.
Originally reported as a comparatively modest three-metre saltwater crocodile, when the creature was examined, it was even more colossal than first thought.
Even seasoned wildlife rangers in Darwin were shocked when they came across a mammoth crocodile in the city’s harbour. It measured in at 4.7m
Wildlife ranger Ian Hunt told the NT News the discovery was unlike anything he’d seen in the urban waterway.
‘He’s a big croc but it’s hard to know exactly how long the animal was because he was missing part of his tail,’ he told the publication.
For many, life in the top end involves living alongside its many wild animals
What was left of the crocodile measured an impressive 4.7m.
Mr Hunt also revealed the injury may have been sustained after an attack from an even larger crocodile.
Due to its incredible mass, the animal needed to be tugged alongside the boat.
A team of rangers was then needed to help pull it from the water.
‘We used a winch and a lot of muscle power to get him on the trailer back at the boat ramp,’ he said.
While the creature’s size makes its appearance unusual for the location, Darwin Harbour is no stranger to the species.
Last October two salt walter Crocodiles were pulled from its waters with each measuring just shy of three metres long.
While the creature’s size makes its appearance unusual for the location, Darwin Harbour (pictured) is no stranger to the crocodiles