WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Human remains were found in the stomach of a 14-foot-long croc in Australia.
- Authorities say the remains could belong to a fisherman who had gone missing in the area a week prior.
- Saltwater crocodiles are known to attack people and two more attacks have been reported in Queensland in the past two weeks.
On an island north of Queensland, Australia, a large 14-foot-long crocodile was found with human remains inside its stomach.
Local authorities say the remains likely belong to a fisherman who had gone missing from the area last week on February 11.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news site said Andrew Heard was last seen on Hinchinbrook Island, leaving his yacht on Hinchinbrook Island in a small fishing dinghy. Heard’s wife contacted authorities when her husband failed to return that night and wasn’t responding to his radio.
Early the next morning (Feb. 12), the dinghy was found capsized and with damage indicating a crocodile attack. Investigators discovered human remains in the area that night. The following day, environmental authorities found a huge croc in the area, euthanized it, and found even more human remains in its stomach.
Local government agency Queensland Environment tweeted on February 12 that it is believed that the captured crocodile was involved in the disappearance of Heard.
The Queensland coast is home to the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), the largest species of croc on Earth which can grow up to 23 feet long. They also inhabit the waters on the coasts of the western Pacific and are known to attack humans.
In the last two weeks, Vice News said two more crocodile attacks were reported in Queensland. Both victims were swimmers, a man in his 40’s was bitten on his head at Lake Placid while a 22-year-old man was attacked near Australia’s northernmost tip. Both men survived the attacks with minor injuries.
Source: Live Science