An investigation has been launched after a decapitated crocodile was found in far north Queensland

WARNING: Disturbing content

The discovery of a decapitated crocodile in far north Queensland has sparked an investigation with concerns the head may have been chopped off for a “trophy”.

Photographer Tom Hayes spotted the dead animal in Cow Bay, north of Cairns, last week.

Check out the latest news and stream for free on 7plus >>

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Discovery of a headless crocodile sparks an investigation in Queensland.

He has little doubt that the decapitation was performed by human hands.

“I just saw the body of this beautiful, big old male crocodile lying there,” he told 7NEWS.

“As I got closer, there were clear marks of machete marks on his back.

“These are not marks of a male crocodile that attacked him.”

A headless crocodile discovered in far north Queensland has sparked an investigation. Credit: 7NEWS

The Queensland Department of the Environment has launched an investigation but has been unable to determine what caused the decapitation.

The department’s Michael Joyce told 7NEWS that “foul play” and an attack by a rival crocodile were possible.

He said anyone found responsible could face a $14,000 fine for violating wildlife laws.

Hayes fears the head was stolen as a “trophy.”

Photographer Tom Hayes has described the sight as “disgusting”. Credit: Tom Hayes

“I just think it’s disgusting — whether he was shot and mutilated or found dead and mutilated doesn’t matter,” he said.

“You still broke the law.”

In Australia there is a market for crocodile heads and skulls.

Vendors in the Northern Territory, where crocodiles can be killed by licensed hunters as part of the territory’s crocodile management program, are offering skulls for up to $4800.

– With Frank Russo

Taxi accident on Queensland Highway.

Taxi accident on Queensland Highway.

James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

Related Articles

Back to top button