Saltwater crocodile with the name “Crocodilezilla”, which lurks in the water of the Australian port.

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Earlier this week, a saltwater crocodile was sighted lurking in the waters of an Australian port, earning it the title “Crocodilezilla”.

The reptile, which is estimated to be up to eight feet long, has been reported to local authorities, but its current whereabouts are unknown. Photos of the predator have been uploaded to Facebook by Port of Townsville Limited, a Queensland government agency.

“Crocodile in the harbor,” the report joked, noting that the estuary crocodile had been seen in the murky waters of Townsville’s inner harbor early Wednesday. Harbor officials said they were watching the animal now and urged residents to report the sighting of the predator to a government-run wildlife project called CrocWatch.

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The Port of Townsville Limited published photos of the saltwater crocodile with the caption: “Crocodile-zilla in the harbor!
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The Port of Townsville Limited published photos of the saltwater crocodile with the caption: “Crocodile-zilla in the harbor!
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Port of Townsville Limited, which provided photos of the reptile on Facebook, estimated the length of the saltwater crocodile to be up to eight feet.
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A Facebook post from the Port of Townsville Limited warns that a saltwater crocodile was sighted lurking in the area on Wednesday, November 12, 2020.
Port of Townsville Limited

Both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles are common in Australia’s rivers, beaches and islands, with the government’s Department of Environment and Science warning that no waterway in northern Queensland “can ever be considered crocodile-free”.

The average male estuarine crocodile can reach a length of more than 13 feet, while females usually grow to 11 feet. The sex of the “crocodilezilla” was unclear.

According to a profile of the species published by the Australian Museum, the saltwater crocodile is a top predator in its environment and could consider humans as prey. The profile states that swimmers, canoeists and people who “bend over at the water’s edge” account for the majority of attacks.

“A person who is grabbed in the water… has little, if any, chance of escaping without serious injury. The resulting wounds are usually horrible and probably infected,” it says.

Not all attacks are fatal. In September, a 33-year-old man was taken to hospital after being targeted by an alleged estuarine crocodile while snorkeling in the waters off Lizard Island, which is located on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland.

The victim suffered wounds to his head and neck during the encounter, but was in stable condition when he was admitted to hospital, medical experts said at the time.

In October, a tourist traveling in Australia released video footage of a dog swimming in the ocean and fleeing from a crocodile filmed in a coastal area of Queensland.

A government leaflet about the species said that adult adults would feed on “anything they can overpower” and wait by the water’s edge to ambush animals that approach. If the crocodile is unable to swallow the animal whole, it will either pull it underwater and perform a “death roll” or try to break off pieces by shaking its head.

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