Watch: Croc Hunting in Australia

Hunters use a range of modern and traditional tactics to take crocodiles, both on land and in the water.

 

In the estuaries and lagoons of Australia’s Northern Territory, freshwater and saltwater crocodile are hunted for their hides by both indigenous and non-indigenous hunters. This film, shot in 1949, shows Aboriginal people using age-old hunting techniques to land crocs for either food or skins.

The methods employed by the professional hunters, who earned as much as £3,000 during the season, are also depicted, followed by a brief look at how the hides are skinned and prepared before being transported to the leather factories of Sydney and Melbourne.

 

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