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Before his death, legendary Aussie reptile-botherer Steve Irwin helped to plant tracking bugs on a large number of saltwater crocodiles. Boffins analysing data from the bugs now report that the crocs, despite being poor swimmers who mainly live in shallow estuarine waters, are capable of making long ocean voyages. A croc …


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  1. Anton Ivanov

    Not just full grown, full grown to max size

    Some of the crocs in the study were adult males above 5m in size. You have to be as mad as Steve Irwin to tag something this size. And even more importantly you have to live in a country that does not have the UK Health and Safety act.

    1. Elmer Phud

      not just nutty

      It was the years of watching the buggers that led to him developing ways of catching crocs without the usual method of shooting first.

      Gaffa tape and rubber bands - none of your 'sedate it first' rubbish.

  2. Tom 7

    And man followed?

    I guess they've been doing this for millions of years. Anthropologists have often wondered how man travelled between the various lands - perhaps they just saw the crocs heading over the horizon and thought they'd take a look too! The animals seem to have pretty good navigation skills to learn too!

    1. Gianni Straniero
      Paris Hilton

      Re: And man followed?

      "Anthropologists have often wondered how man travelled between the various lands"

      ... but remain resolutely silent on how woman got there.

      1. Thomas 18
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        She was thrown over the back of the horse of course.... or maybe the croc. Anyway that was back in the day when throwing women over the backs of things was manly and not domestic abuse.

  3. GC

    Stingray poison?

    The great Steve/Croc Hunter actually died when a stingray barb went into his chest and put a hole into his heart.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    He didnt die because of toxin

    He died because the barb of the stingray punctured his heart and he (irwin) removed it. As any sensible person knows, removing the object thats caused the puncture is sometimes the worst thing you can do! He died moments later.

    Shame, i liked him, mad ozzie that he was..

    Beer cos i raise my glass to his memory.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You're right, it was a shame...

      I heard, watched and read quite a lot about him before and after his death, he really pricked my interest. However, I'm not sure what practical alternative he had available to him when he'd just been stabbed through the heart by a living, wild animal in the ocean. I can't imagine the stingray would have been too happy to stay put for much longer and so would have undoubtedly pulled its tail clear and would've swum off.

  5. Jerry

    The Reg beats the Beeb - for once

    At least The Reg got this story approximately right - unlike the Beeb at

    The Beeb seems to think that Crocs live somewhere near Chile / Tierra-del-Fuego, and that Sri-Lanka and Thailand are in the same region rather than the Indian Ocean and South China Sea


    "They are poor swimmers and mainly live in salt water - but their "home" spans over 10,000sq km of the south-east Pacific, from Sri Lanka to Fiji and from Thailand to northern Australia. "

    NB Expect the Beeb article to be amended soonish.

    1. Thecowking

      Thailand had two coasts the last time I was there

      And yes, one faces on the Indian ocean.

      So unless someone's been moving the oceans, the coast line on the western side of Thailand, just north of Malaysia and east of Myanmar, does indeed front on to the same ocean that Sri-Lanka does.

      1. Jerry

        Thailands coastlines are nowhere near Tierra-del-Fuego

        The point of my post was that crocs live in the Western mid pacific, South China Sea, and Indian Ocean - give or take the anonymous seas to the North of Australia.

        Thailand and Sri-Lanka are Indian Ocean and/or South China Sea. Western Pacific includes Fiji and a bit of New Guinea / Melanesia.

        None of which relates to 'South-East Pacific", which by my reckoning is Chile and Tierra-del-Fuego

        1. Eddy Ito

          I believe

          IMHO, they were using the points as approximate latitude and longitude substitutes. As such Sri Lanka and Fiji point out relative longitude and Thailand and Northern Australia indicate latitude. I suppose the reasoning is that perhaps people can more easily visualize the range on a map with geographic names than they can with sets of coordinates.

  6. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    I believe crocodiles grow.

    Having said that, I didn't watch Steve Irwin's shows much, is the thing you do with the elastic band just alligators?

  7. James Hughes 1


    If Google had done this tagging, you lot would all be up in arms over the invasion of privacy. Instead, Steve Irwin does it, and becomes some sort of national hero.


    [Please, note, this is a attempt at humour, and should be regarded as such]

    1. Elmer Phud



  8. The_Police!


    Steve Irwin! The true Crocodile Hunter!

  9. Hieronymus Coward

    Never again will we hear the imortal words...

    "Little bugger bit me, jumped up, sunk his teeth right in!" (say it with a thick aussie accent with emphasis on 'right in' for best effect).

    I miss the mental aussie poking poisonous reptiles with sticks for fun...

    Cheers Mr Irwin! I raise a glass to you and Mr John Peel at least one a year. You are both missed.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Never again will we hear the imortal words...

      I remember when Peel used to poke Pulp with a stick until they were enraged. The two are similar in so, so many ways.

      1. Ministry of Truth

        Ahhh but the wrath of Cocker

        Being chased by a nerdy skinny guy with specs on isn't really as scary as a 5m croc though now is it?

  10. Graham Marsden

    One croc said to another croc...

    ... wow, mate, you get wi-fi on that thing...?

  11. CD001

    Radio controlled

    Steve Irwin's world domination via radio controlled super-crocs thwarted by Stingray (duh nuh nuuh nuh, nuuh nuh - anything could happen in the next half-hour).

  12. fLaMePrOoF


    "Famous crocmeister Irwin, who died after being poisoned by a stingray in 2006"

    1. Stingrays are not venemous

    2. Steve Irwin was impailed on it's 'spike' which pierced his heart killing him almost instantly

    1. Anonymous Coward


      "Stingrays are not venemous"

      Er, yes they are.

    2. Gianni Straniero

      RE: facts...

      Correct. Stingrays are not venomous, in the same way that crocodiles are not reptiles, and Steve Irwin is not dead.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward



    1: Stingrays are venemous.


    1: Millions of pages via GOOGLE. e.g.

  14. Anonymous Coward

    Am I the only one...

    who read the "perfectly safe" line and laughed out loud?

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