After 8-year search, Australian rangers capture massive crocodil

600 Kg Australian Monster Crocodile Caught After Eight Year Hunt

Following a almost decade-long hunt, a massive saltwater crocodile has been captured in northern Australia, according to wildlife authorities.

While the average saltwater crocodile is 17-feet-long, captures of this size are rare, wildlife authorities told CNN.

In 2017, 371 crocodiles were captured by rangers in the Northern Territory cities of Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine alone, according to the department's website.

With an estimated weight of up to 600 kilograms and thought to be more than 60 years old, it is the biggest crocodile ever removed from the Katherine River by the Territory's Wildlife Operation Unit, acting director Tracey Duldig said.

"But you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

A 15-foot, 1,300-pound saltwater croc was captured in Australia.

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"On record, this is the biggest saltwater crocodile removed from the Katherine management zone", he added, referring to the part of the river where saltwater crocs, a protected species, are trapped because they're too close to human populations.

A near 5-metre crocodile that was captured in Taylor's Park in the Northern Territory, Australia is seen in this undated image obtained July 10, 2018.

So far this year, 190 of them as well as two freshwater crocodiles have been captured in the Top End region, according to data released by the government. Crocodiles are farmed for their meat and hides, but large and battle-scarred crocs are usually unsuitable for the handbag market.

Rangers also caught at a smaller 2.3m crocodile from a trap in the Katherine River near the same area on Monday.

It was moved to live out its days at a crocodile farm.

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