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Krys - The Savannah King

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Published July 1st 2019
At 8.63 meters or 28 feet 4 inches in length, Krys - The Savannah King was perhaps the biggest saltwater crocodile in the world.

Outback folklore remembers Krys Pawlowski as "One Shot Krys" because, in 1957, she shot dead a massive saltwater crocodile on the McArthur bank of the Norman River, north of Queensland. This massive saltwater crocodile was then known as Krys - The Savannah King. With this one clean shot, Pawlowski earned the most unlikely of titles the world's first full-time woman crocodile hunter.

But there are some doubts of about the real size of the crocodile, as the only evidence is photographs that were taken by the Pawlowskis. These photographs were lost in the 1974 floods. Some crocodile experts said that Krys - The Savannah King was just a myth with no evidence at all to back it up. Some experts examined the pictures taken by the Pawlowskis and said the photograph uses all the classic perspective tricks to fool the eye into emphasising the size of the crocodile, such as using low to the ground, wide-angle lens, a small child in the foreground and a truck in the background.

Despite this argument, you can find a replica of Krys at L E W Henry Park Normanton, Queensland. Its scale is based on its measurement that was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest crocodile captured in modern times. For sure, Krys The Savannah King is the most recognisable landmark in Normanton, a small cattle town with unique outback history.

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Where: 83/85 Landsborough St, Normanton QLD 4890
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