Sunday, 26 January, 2014

A 12-year-old boy from Mudginberry Community was attacked and killed by a saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) while swimming alongside other boys at Magela Creek, adjacent to Mudginberri Billabong, in Kakadu National Park at approximately 2:00 PM. The crocodile attacked one of the boy's friends first (also 12 years old), but he managed to escape with injuries to his arm: heavy bruising to the shoulder, and three stitches. The crocodile then turned its attention on the other boy and dragged him away. Authorities removed two large (4.3 m and 4.7 m) crocodiles before an experienced Kakadu ranger was able to examine the bite marks on the first boy's arm and estimated the crocodile responsible was likely 2.5 - 3 m in size. A third 2.2 m crocodile has since been shot and killed, but the carcass sank before being recovered. Remains suspected to belong to the boy were discovered late morning on Tuesday 28 January, and DNA analysis will be used to verify the identity.

The incident report detailing the non-fatal victim is available here:

Location data

Latitude: -12.582180000000
Longitude: 132.874670000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age: 12
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Swimming
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2014-01-26 Precise
Species Certainty
Saltwater Crocodile Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
2.5 Low certainty
Location scale Location accuracy
  • Precise Lat/Lon given
  • Waterbody (eg, river name)
  • District (common name for an area)
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About the crocodilian

Saltwater Crocodile

The saltwater crocodile shares the notorious reputation of the Nile crocodile as being one of the most dangerous crocodile species to humans. It is regarded as the largest living reptile, with evidence for rare specimens reaching almost 7 m (23 ft). Saltwater crocodiles have the widest distribution of any species, being found from parts of eastern India, throughout SE Asia as far as Vanuatu. Australia is the species’ stronghold, with perhaps 150,000 individuals found in tidal rivers and creeks along the northern coastline. They are equally at home in freshwater, extending far upstream in some areas. This species can travel very long distances by sea, and itinerants can be found well outside the natural range of the species. Recently itinerants have been found within the Maldives, portions of Micronesia and in New Caledonia, while in the past itinerants have been recorded from as far as the main Japanese island of Honshu. Saltwater crocodiles were once found in southern China, but disappeared in the late 19th Century as the human population expanded. The diet of the species changes with size; juveniles feed primarily on invertebrates and small vertebrates, while adults may prey upon almost any animal within their range including fish (plus sharks), reptiles, bats, pigs, domestic livestock, monkeys, and humans. From a conservation standpoint the species is globally secure thanks to large population bases in New Guinea and Australia. Yet many populations face localized extinction (e.g. Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka) and it has already been extirpated from a substantial portion of its range (e.g. Seychelles, Thailand and Vietnam). Current threats to the species include the destruction of habitat and direct fear-related killings.

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2014-01-29 09:49 Brandon Sideleau, Adam Britton 100-4804 4804