Police are examining a decapitated crocodile in far north
Queensland to try and figure out who hacked its head off.
Charter boat fisherman Jim Millar says he was shocked and
disgusted when he found the headless croc in a Cairns
waterway last weekend.
"It was disbelief at first," he told AAP.
"I thought its mouth was open because it was just white, but
actually there was no mouth there at all."
Mr Millar said tourists on his fishing boat had excitedly
pointed out the croc before realising its head was missing.
"They were disgusted," he said.
"These people have come to our beautiful city and one of
their memories is going to be this horrible act that someone
He said the croc attack has left him feeling sick and also
sad that he won't see his "mate" in the waterway anymore.
He had seen the croc most weeks since he began operating Gone
Fishing Cairns about 11 years ago.
"It's not aggressive at all. It would come up to the side of
the boat," he said.
"It was a big draw card (for tourists)."
A group of locals are likely responsible for the attack, Mr
"They're probably trophy hunters and probably don't like
crocodiles," he said.
"They rot the meat off it and put the skull on their
mantelpiece or bar at home and say: `Look at me, I'm a great
Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell says his
department is investigating the matter.
He has also sought advice from the newly-formed far north
Queensland crocodile squad, which helps in the removal of
dangerous crocs in the region.
"It is not safe or appropriate for anyone to take part in
this sort of behaviour," he said.
Queensland police have removed the croc's remains and are
The maximum penalty for deliberately killing or injuring a
protected crocodile is $24,750.