A man is presumed dead and crocodiles are back in Australian headlines after police found what they believe are the remains of a man taken from his boat over the weekend.
The 62-year-old man was camping with his family Saturday at Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, and he was fishing at the time he disappeared.
Police told Northern Territory News the man was washing or emptying a bucket inside a boat Saturday when his family members heard splashing sounds. Officers killed two crocodiles Sunday during their search.
“Police say remains were found in one of them — at 4.7 meters long. You can only describe it as a monster croc. Of course, there’s been an extensive search of the area over the last 24 hours or so,” said Sky News Reporter Dan Bourchier.
The area the family was camping in was extremely remote. Local outlets report the man’s wife and daughter-in-law had to drive two hours to get to a small town and report what happened.
The attack surprised wildlife experts who noted during the colder months, the animals are far less active.
BBC reports the man’s death will likely only spur more talks about whether to intervene with the animals. A 12-year-old boy was killed in January and the Australian government rejected a plan to allow crocodile safari hunting in March.
While a police supervisor has been quoted as saying the remains must be examined, the Northern Territory Police Force’s Facebook page reads the missing man’s body has been recovered and offered condolences to his family.