Thursday, February 18, 2010

Borroloola (Northern Territory)

I never did get to Borroloola.  In the sixties and early 70s, when I lived in Mt Isa, in North West Queensland (Aust) my ex and his mates used to go to Borroloola on fishing expeditions.  I always wanted to go but was never invited.  I guess when I said I'd like to go no one took me seriously.  Dutiful wives of the time stayed home with the children while their husbands went on hunting/fishing trips.  And I was a dutiful wife.  But I loved the sound of the placename, how it rolled off the tongue. 


My brother, Danny sent me these photos of a crocodile that was captured recently at Borroloola  After all these years I can finally accept, maybe it was for the best that I never got to Borroloola.



The pictures were taken last week at Borroloola (NT).  The cros measured 6.325 metres (over 20 feet) long and weighed 18,550 kilos (over 40,000 pounds) - that's a very big lizard.  It started annoying one of the local Barra fishermen by eating the prop off his outboard.  He reckons that it was circling the 5 metre tinny for 20 minutes before the decision to kill it was made by him and a very frightened decky (deckhand).

7 comments:

  1. Oh my. That's something I'd really prefer not to meet face to face...

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  2. Yes being the dutiful wife is safer. You get the handbag without being close to it!!!! Have a great weekend Pauline.

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  3. That is some creature. I can understan 6 metres but over 18 tonnes?? Perhaps one to many zeros! But even at 1.8 tonnes that is an absoluetly huge croc.

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  4. Pauline, now that is what I call a reptile, he's a smasher.......At a distance!

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  5. Wow! You got some nasty looking and enormous crocs out there. We've got gators in Florida where I live but they are small in comparison. Still man-eating though. Very interesting blog. I signed up to follow. Stop by my place sometime.
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  6. Holy Cow! That is one huge critter.

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  7. that croc is nothing, there are biger and better one here in Borroloola. you will have to come see them! and also get to meet us locals :)

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