A 14-foot-long crocodile was found on an island north of Queensland, Australia. It had human remains inside its stomach. Local authorities say that the remains likely belong to Andrew Heard, a 69-year-old fisherman, who went missing from the area on Feb. 11. The small fishing dinghy in which he went was found capsized early Friday morning (Feb. 12), showing damage indicative of a crocodile attack.
On Friday night, investigators discovered human remains in the area; the next day, they found the gigantic croc nearby, according to the Queensland government. Environmental authorities euthanized the croc and cut it open, revealing more human remains in its guts.
The coasts around Queensland are home to the largest species of crocodile on Earth: the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). Saltwater crocs can grow up to 23 feet (7 m) long, though they rarely exceed 16 feet (5 m), according to the Queensland Museum. They inhabit coastal waters throughout the western Pacific, from the southern coast of India to northern Australia. And they are known to attack humans.
Two additional crocodile attacks were reported in Queensland in the last two weeks. One in which a man in his 40s was bitten on the head while swimming at Lake Placid. He survived with minor injuries after prying the croc’s jaws open with his hands, according to news reports. In the second incident, a 22-year-old man was attacked by a 12-foot-long (3.6 m) crocodile while swimming near Australia’s northernmost tip. He survived with lacerations to his hand, and the croc was subsequently euthanized.