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Also known as Estuarine Crocodile, these are the largest living reptiles on the planet. Hard to miss when seen and have a lot of teeth at one end! I have spotted this species before on PN but I wanted to share this particular experience.
Having spent a couple of weeks in Australia's Northern Territory, I have seen this species numerous times but this spotting is just about one special occasion. Seen a Cahills Crossing which is a forded road link between Kakadu and Arnhemland on the East Alligator River. In the dry period on big high tides, the sea water comes up the river and for a short period the water reverses direction going across the crossing up river bringing a lot of fish (mainly mullet and baramundi) with it.
When this happens, the normally solitary crocs will gather in a relatively small area to try and catch these fish. In this case I counted 16 in the immediate area. They come right up to the submerged road and wait with jaws open allowing the water to flow and when a fish is unlucky enough to swim through the jaws snap shut. It is one of the few times that these animals will tolerate each other in close proximity and is amazing to observe. I have added several images. Notice that one of these animals has an old fishing lure attached to its eyelid.