Sweetheart (crocodile)

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Sweetheart was the name given to a 5.1 metre saltwater crocodile responsible for a series of attacks on boats in Australia between 1974 and 1979. Sweetheart attacked outboard motors, dinghies, and fishing boats. In July 1979, Sweetheart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but drowned while being transported when he became tangled with a log.[1] The crocodile's mounted body is now on permanent display at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.[2]

The story of Sweetheart has been taken with considerable artistic licence by Greg McLean, director of the film Wolf Creek, and made into a film titled Rogue.


  1. ^ Stringer, Col (1986). THE SAGA OF SWEETHEART: The frightening but true story of the Giant Rogue Crocodile who attacked over 15 boats on a N.T. River during the 1970s. Casuarina, N.T.: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0959089632.
  2. ^ "Sweetheart, Museum Icon". Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 25 June 2016.

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