Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Australia: Perhaps It is Time for People To No Longer Be on the Menu?

According to Canada's http://www.globeandmail.com and The Sydney Morning Herald, a 4.5-meter-long (15 feet), part-albino crocodile and tourist attraction in Australia’s Northern Territory, is dead after it reportedly ate a fisherman while his wife looked on in horror, according to media reports.

The 57-year-old fisherman, whose name has not been released, entered the Adelaide River on Monday (August 18) afternoon to unsnag his line when he was seized by a saltwater crocodile, Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Jo Foley said. 

The woman did not actually see her husband taken, but heard “a scream and then turned around and saw a tail splashing in the water,” Foley said.

COMMENT: Characterized locally as "Michael Jackson," which is hardly complimentary, a rare part-albino crocodile, with white coloring on its head only.

I find it a bit bizarre that visiting cruise-ships are engaging in "pop entertainment" for their passengers while at the same time, hard-working people are being eaten alive by amphibians longer than a truck whose only harm is their attempting to feed their families.

Somehow, this amounts to nothing more than "mob rule." 

"They acted appropriately to shoot him [the crocodile], but it’s a real shame they had to do it,” crocodile researcher Adam Britton of Charles Darwin University told the HERALD. “He is a well-known, well-loved crocodile."

The Adelaide River crocodiles are a major tourist attraction. The man was attacked near the Arnhem Highway bridge, close to where cruise ships show sightseers crocodiles leaping from the water to snatch chicken carcasses suspended from poles.

Police Superintendent Bob Harrison told Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) that the killer crocodile had regularly leapt for chickens dangled from the cruise ships and was well known to operators of the "Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise."

The man’s death is the first in Australia since June 2014, when a 4.7-metre crocodile snatched a 62-year-old fisherman from his dinghy on the South Alligator River in the Northern Territory.

Crocodile numbers have swelled across Australia’s tropical north since the species was protected by federal law in 1971. The crocodile population is densest in the Northern Territory.

Perhaps it may be time to amend a 40+ year-old federal law?