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Species l They hunted the largest crocodile in the world

Time:2022-10-04 11:22:21 author:Large size Read:445次
Species l They hunted the largest crocodile in the world

Author: RACHAEL BALE Photographer: TREVOR BECK FROST The pictures of our tongs to control the enemy are provided by Shanghai frontier defense and port and shipping public security Recently, a crocodile about 1 meter long appeared in the Huangpu River in Shanghai, which attracted the attention of netizens. According to the identification of animal experts, the crocodile is a sub-adult Siamese crocodile, which is mainly distributed in Southeast Asia and has a certain aggressiveness. In order to ensure that the crocodile is not harmed during the capture process, after several days of observation by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau and a number of cooperating units, the arresting personnel deployed nets in the areas where crocodiles frequently haunt, and placed frozen fish as bait everywhere. When the crocodile went to eat, it was entangled by the pre-buried fishing net and could not move. The staff quickly used tongs to control it and safely transferred it to the shore. Today we are going to tell you the stories of the crocodile hunters in Shanghai: the story of the Australian crocodile hunters, who are opposed to the world's largest crocodile, the Australian saltwater crocodile, an extremely ferocious animal. Crocodile crocodile hunters Roger Matthews (left) and Aaron Rodwell (right) stand next to a 4.8-meter-long, 680-kilogram male saltwater crocodile in Australia's Northern Territory It is legal to hunt crocodiles. For professional crocodile hunters, "killing a crocodile is not something to celebrate". Moreover, in the process of hunting crocodiles, the dangers faced by hunters are similar to those faced by crocodiles, and it is basically impossible to shoot at a distance. Let's take a look at who the hunters are fighting. As the world's largest crocodile, the saltwater crocodile is extremely dangerous. The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world. It can grow up to 5 meters in length and weigh up to 1 ton in adulthood. Their bite force is super strong, reaching 2-3 tons, and they crush the turtle shell like chewing calcium tablets. Technically speaking, shooting a saltwater crocodile from a distance is basically useless, unless the hit is extremely precise - only about 1 cm behind the crocodile's ear, and it can directly hit the brain. So you have to fight them face to face. This is a male saltwater crocodile about 4.2 meters long hidden in the Mary River in Australia's Northern Territory. The species was endangered in 1971. After 25 years of intensive commercial hunting, the number of saltwater crocodiles has dropped sharply to just over 5,000. In recent years, due to the effective protection policies of the government, the number of saltwater crocodiles in Australia's Northern Territory alone has recovered to 100,000. This number has reached a historical peak, and the lives of local people are greatly threatened. The speed of recovery also benefits from its extremely strong reproductive capacity. Female saltwater crocodiles can lay 30-90 eggs at a time. The average lifespan of a general crocodile is as high as 150 years, the longest lifespan among reptiles. Counting the crocodile's recovery speed, fertility and lifespan, people can't help but feel a chill on the back. Professional crocodile hunters followed. This is Roger, a professional crocodile hunter, who often takes great risks to fight crocodiles. It is often necessary to drive a boat to hunt large crocodiles above 5 meters, fighting to the death, pulling teeth, and the boat can be dragged by the big crocodile for two hours. They responded to the local government's call to protect this species by killing a very small number of crocodiles, while also protecting the safety of local residents. In the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reservation in Australia's Northern Territory, professional crocodile hunter Roger sits on the sand next to an Aboriginal family and talks about crocodiles with them. A man has asked officials to get rid of a crocodile after it nearly killed his wife, a problem crocodile. So, crocodile hunters Roger and Aaron get emergency hunting permits and they get into action. Saltwater crocodiles are extremely territorial, a group of saltwater crocodiles with green eyes in a lake. Hunters finally found the crocodile after four hours of boating in the lagoon. Aaron stabbed at it a homemade harpoon with a roll of blind cord attached to it. The weapon was specifically designed to catch the crocodile without killing it, but the crocodile broke free and disappeared underwater. Another hour passed. They found the crocodile again. Aaron aimed the spotlight on it, and at the same time Roger drove the boat slowly forward. When he was less than 1 meter away from the crocodile, Aaron threw a harpoon and pierced the neck of the crocodile. The crocodile turned like a madman, and the boat veered to one side, knocking Aaron to the bottom of the boat. Next, a dramatic scene happened: the crocodile began to drag the boat to swim, not fast or fast, but dragged the aluminum boat for more than two hours. When it finally surfaced, exhausted, Roger grabbed a rope and wrapped it around the crocodile's jaws to subdue it. The crocodile rushed towards the boat, gnawed at the gang, and swung the 5-meter boat around like a dog playing with a toy. The mouth of the blood basin was close at hand, and luckily, the crocodile did not overturn the boat in the end. Roger and Aaron are using the boat's harpoon to hunt the crocodile after gradually pulling the crocodile closer to the hull. After they wrapped the crocodile's mouth with strong tape (the muscles responsible for the crocodile's bite are strong, but the muscles responsible for opening the mouth are weak), the hunter covered the crocodile's eyes with a piece of burlap, and then used a .22 caliber revolver, quickly ending its life . The hunt began before sunset and continued until about three in the morning. But Aaron and Roger were not happy, as if they escaped from danger. After the success, the two fell silent in the face of the gratitude of the family who had almost been attacked by a crocodile before. Aftermath Aaron and Roger are skinning the alligator. For crocodile hunters, the death of the crocodile does not mean the end, and the slaughter after the desperate battle is the source of the hunter's reward. After the photo was taken, the crocodile was dismembered. Aaron and Roger cut off its head and tail and peeled it, and Aaron salted the crocodile skins, rolled them up, and put them in the freezer with the crocodile head. After salting and freezing, crocodile skins are dried for storage. After that, the crocodile head will be sent to Darwin, the largest city in Australia's Northern Territory, to be treated with chemicals to remove the meat from it. Finally, the crocodile skins are sent to a tannery in South Australia, where they can be sold for around $5,000. Hunter Aaron and a Northern Territory Aboriginal shovel the head of a saltwater crocodile that was hunted in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. The alligator skull will sell for around $2,500. Crocodile heads and skins are sold at high prices, and tails are edible. The above is the final destination of the 5-meter behemoth. Hunt or protect? Saltwater crocodile eggs are neatly packed in coolers, ready to be helicoptered to a nearby crocodile farm, where they hatch. In Australia's Northern Territory, the annual limit for hunting saltwater crocodiles is 1,200, accounting for less than 2% of the total number of saltwater crocodiles. In addition, the local area allows the collection of wild crocodile eggs for artificial breeding, but the total number cannot exceed 90,000. The owner of a crocodile farm is patrolling his farm by helicopter and is afraid to walk on the ground. Aaron, one of the crocodile hunters mentioned above, is both a "hunter" and a "protector". He is very fond of reptiles and will keep reptiles (including crocodiles) at home and rescue snakes (even crocodiles) from the road. venomous snakes), and also care for other injured reptiles, such as a tortoise hit by a car. In Australia, the government has adopted a compromise between the lives of humans and crocodiles - moderate hunting. There are a series of restrictions on hunting crocodiles. For example, hunters must hold a license; only crocodiles within a specified size range can be hunted; catches, slaughtered objects and videotapes are finally handed over to the authorities for inspection. Maybe this is the equivalent exchange of survival, facing equal dangers when fighting, fighting for survival, and human beings are both giving in to species and full of warnings. 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