Body Found After Croc Snatches Swimmer
Cops shoot 15-foot croc in Australian river
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2013 1:43 AM CDT
A saltwater crocodile reacts in anger as a boat sails past him in Australia's Northern Territory.    (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

(Newser) – Police in Australia have recovered the body of a swimmer snatched from a river by a crocodile in front of horrified friends. The body of the 26-year-old was found near where he was last seen in the Mary River yesterday, and police shot a 16-foot saltwater croc believed to have been the attacker, reports the NT News. A police spokesman says alcohol may have played a role in the man's decision to ignore warning signs at a popular camping spot and try to swim across the river with a friend. "The Mary River is known worldwide to have the greatest saturation of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world," the spokesman tells the AP. "You don't swim in the Mary River."

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boxcar
Sep 7, 2013 3:58 PM CDT
Had to be a suicide swim- When I took my 2yr old grandson (lower right in photo) down to the Rio Grands river to play along the river bank, all I had to tell him was "Watch out for the Crocodiles" and he wouldn't go anywhere NEAR river's edge. He'd already seen what happens on Animal Planet TV when Wildebeast try to cross a river full of Crocodiles, like a video is worth a 1000 words of warning. Is that on Aussie TV?
joemorgan
Sep 2, 2013 3:19 PM CDT
What has happened in Australia, New Zealand, US Florida, and any other area where crocs and gators grow is the endangered species act has protected these large predators too long. Crocs are at the point that in New Zealand and Australia these large crocs swim out up to two miles off shore and are a danger to boaters who anchor offshore to enjoy the water, and a saltwater crock attacks them unexpected. What do we expect when a predator repopulates to the point of being a menace to the locals. We have to do some thinning of the herd and get a lot of these crocks out of commission. Florida has several attacks on people every year and several deaths a year. Does that sound normal in conversation - they were killed by a croc. Lets re-eval the population of large animals that can threaten humans, and start harvesting a lot of them. Our agencies like our collective common sense has run amuck.
Gsancheezy
Sep 2, 2013 1:39 PM CDT
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