The remains of a man taken by a crocodile in front of his
family in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park have
Two crocodiles were shot and killed by rangers who were
searching for the 62-year-old today.
One of the crocs, which was 4.7 metres long, contained the
remains of the man, a police spokesman told reporters.
The man was on a boat with his son, wife and daughter-in-law
when he was attacked on a billabong near Cooinda, on Saturday
"During daylight hours today Kakadu rangers using their
expertise of crocodile management behaviour managed to locate
two large saltwater crocodiles in the billabong," Sergeant
Andrew Hocking said.
"Two of the crocs were shot and killed.
"One of those crocs was later examined and a quantity of
human remains was recovered."
Sgt Hocking said the remains were yet to be formally
identified. The reptiles were found about 1.5 kilometres from
where the man was taken.
There's no indication the man was swimming when the incident
happened, although investigations are continuing, Sgt Hocking
He also said reports the man and his family were in a closed
area of the park were incorrect, as the area had recently
been opened to the public.
Crocodile expert Graeme Webb said it was unusual for a croc
to attack at this time of year, as the reptiles usually laid
low during the cooler months.
"They tend to move around a lot more when it warms up... and
that's when they're more dangerous," he told AAP.
"But crocs will still take prey during the cooler months.
"I don't know what has happened in this case but it just
sounds horrific. It's just awful, you just can't begin to
understand how [the man's family] must feel."
Mr Webb, chair of the International Union for Conservation of
Nature's Crocodile Specialist Group, said there have been a
number of reports in the past of reptiles approaching and
going aboard boats.
Police haven't released the dead man's name.