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Saltie eating a ray

Crocodylus porosus


A 3.5m saltwater crocodile was patrolling the coast while we were fishing. The suspicious coastguard came with binoculars but the crocodile did not appear until he had left. The inquisitive reptile has one notch missing from the tail and may have been in a territorial fight. I'm not sure if that is a win or a loss. He disappeared for a time and emerged with what I suspect is some kind of ray.


Off the jetty at Palm Cove (The one in Australia, not the one in USA)

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MartinL 6 years ago

The local newspaper recorded this crocodile because it has visited a populated area. It said this male crocodile was 3.5m which is 11 feet long.
Crocodiles are monitored and this one was recognized by a broken scale on its tail.

snakes are cool
snakes are cool 6 years ago

How long do you think it was from the head to end of tail in the picture it looks about 5 feet

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Hema
Thanks Mark, I think most reptiles can regurgitate food if it is too hard to digest but I think crocs can deal with the bones of most things, and venom is usually not poisonous (when administered via the digestive system ), just don't get spiked.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Missed this one! What a lucky spotting. I wonder what they do with those 'Irwin' spines. Just dissolve them I suppose. :-)

Hema 7 years ago

nice, Was it rainy?
R.I. P Ray.

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks scott
Thanks jsnaker

snakes are cool
snakes are cool 7 years ago

🐊🐊 RULE!!!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Very nice, Martin. I miss seeing big salties.

MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you Lisa
Thank you Joshua
It was an amazing observation

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago


LisaPowers 7 years ago

Terrific spotting!

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Luis
Thanks alex
Thanks Ashley; your suggestion sounds good. I was a tourist and fishing on the jetty (contemplating whether or not to share fish images) and am certainly not an expert. Authorities certainly do know the resident crocks and watch closely. Feeding the wildlife is forbidden and missing tourists would look bad.

AshleyT 7 years ago

The notch missing from his tail looks to clean to be from a fight, it's possible that he is a marked individual. That's a common way to mark crocodilians :) Great series too! Must have been really cool to see!

W1ldl1f3 1
W1ldl1f3 1 7 years ago

Good pic, Martin!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great shot Martin!

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Neil
Thanks Dilan
I know this was 3.5m because there was a story i the local newspaper.
Authorities, including the coastgard have been monitoring this reptile since it entered the ocean, to keep swimmers warned.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Great spotting & Nice timing!!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Wow, Martin, these are awesome photos. Great spotting.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 25, 2013
Submitted on Dec 2, 2013

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