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Huge Croc Or Photoshop?

Claim- Circulating around the net on multiple sites is this picture of a large crocodile beside a tour boat with the caption "Only In Australia." It is certainly a large animal, but is it real or not?

Verdict- Misleading, but still pretty impressive. The Croc in the picture is Brutus, a Saltwater Crocodile from the Adelaide River in Australia, near area where the Crocodile Dundee movies were filmed. He's missing a lot of teeth and his front right leg, commonly believed to be a result of a past run-in with a shark. The 80ish year old Brute is around 5.5 meters long (18 feet), and is commonly estimated at well over 2000 pounds. And he isn't alone. There is reportedly an even bigger one somewhere in the area named Barabas, and he still has his teeth.

Unfortunately the picture has been altered. He is an impressive beast, but someone apparently felt the need to slightly exaggerate his dimensions. Below is the original image for context and, as you can see, he may not be quite as large as the circulating picture makes him out to be, but he's still not something you would want to get in the way of.



Short News Video of "Finding Brutus" (3 min)

Sources/More Reading
Adelaide Jumping Crocodile Cruises
Wikipedia Saltwater Crocodiles
Brutus, The Monster Croc (Trust.org)
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