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Size does matter when it comes to giant crocodiles

The croc head.
The croc head.
Hugo Schmid with one of the crocodiles teeth.
Hugo Schmid with one of the crocodiles teeth.

SIZE does matter and this could be the biggest crocodile ever found in Queensland waters.

A Swiss national Hugo Schmid was in Port Alma in 1963 when he shot a monster crocodile in Port Alma and he contacted the Bully yesterday as the 50-year anniversary of the incident approached.

It was April 23, 1963, when the large crocodile cruised past the main wharves.

At the same time three men, who happened to be crocodile hunters, arriving from Sydney in their yacht had pulled into the port for much-needed repairs to their vessel's keel.

"At that time we stayed in Port Alma for a month fixing a new keel on our boat," Mr Schmid said.

Mr Schmid, who was also a photograper, shot the croc after he heard a man shouting from the main wharf there was a crocodile in the water.

"I jumped up and grabbed my .303 rifle and shot the animal in the head," Mr Schmid said.

He estimated the crocodile to be 20 feet long (6.096m).

A massive crocodile found near Port Alma in 1963.
A massive crocodile found near Port Alma in 1963.

The Northern Territory holds the scientifically verified record for having the largest crocodile named Sweetheart.

Sweetheart, a 5.1-metre saltwater crocodile, and weighing 780kg, was responsible for a series of attacks on boats between 1974 and 1979. Sweetheart attacked outboard motors, dinghies, and fishing boats.

In July 1979, Sweet-heart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but drowned while being transported when it became tangled with a log. The crocodile's mounted body is now on permanent display at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

 

Morning Bulletin article on a huge croc at Port Alma dated 24 April 1963
Morning Bulletin article on a huge croc at Port Alma dated 24 April 1963

 

BE CROC WISE

Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp.

Obey all croc warning signs.

Do not swim in waterways where crocs may live and remember crocodiles also swim in the ocean.

Stand well back from the water when fishing or casting a net.

Never provoke, harass or feed crocs.

Always supervise children.

All croc sightings can be reported to the department on 1300 130 372.

Topics:  crocodiles editors picks history port alma


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