posted on Dec, 12 2010 @ 07:53 AM
A saltwater crocodile 5 metres in length is considered big.
A croc 6 metres in length would be classified as a giant.
So imagine the nightmarish proportions of the 8 - 9 metre crocodile rumoured to be currently swimming around the waterways of Normanton, Australia!
The actual existence of this reptilian behemoth is somewhat controversial. So far, the beast has only offered up tantalizing glimpses of itself. Clues
as to it's gigantic size have come in the form of massive footprints and 'croc slides' on the muddy riverbanks.
From these markings, Normantons town pastor Elton Thompson (investigator-in-chief of the elusive reptile), has deduced that this is indeed an epic
animal - speculating that it could be AT LEAST 8 metres in length!
Consider the account of local fisherman Clint Spry who claims that he saw the creature and it's tail alone was the length of his boat - a whopping
3.8 metres. He took a photo for posterity:
A crocodile of this size, although highly unusual, is not altogether unprecedented. In the same area in the 1950's, a Polish woman shot and killed an
animal reputedly 8.63 metres in length - a world record.
An effigy of the so-called 'Savannah King' still menacingly stands in Normanton and (although in all honesty it's a crap statue) it's dimensions
are said to be accurate:
Elton Thompson is claiming that the modern day monster is "at least as big, if not bigger" than the Savannah King!
Yikes! Where's Crocodile Dundee when you need him?
I'd be interested to see what comes of this. Links, more snaps (pun intended), sources e.t.c...