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Crocodile netted after getting fat on fish at barra farm

AN EXCEPTIONALLY well-nourished crocodile has been removed from a barramundi farm near Innisfail after being inadvertently caught in a drag net.

The three-metre reptile had been dining in style at Marty Phillips' farm near Mourilyan, on a tidal stretch of the Moresby River.

"This one just happened to be there when we were harvesting," Mr Phillips said.

"They're very well fed, and it's a highly desirable place for them.

"That's why they end up there, because it's what they eat in the wild.

"It's a pretty big magnet for them."

It is not the first time crocodiles have targeted the barra breeding pools.

His chief concern this time around was for the safety of his staff.

"They're not going to eat all my fish. I'd still rather they didn't eat any, though," he said.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection wildlife officers took the crocodile to a nearby holding facility yesterday.

It will be offered to a farm or zoo.

Topics:  barramundi crocodile editors picks innisfail

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