A Katherine fisherman could not believe his eyes when he gutted a barra and found a baby crocodile inside the fish’s stomach.
Somerville Community Services Coordinator Dave Forder, caught the 73 cm barra caught in throw net in Katherine at “secret spot No 54” last week while catching life bait.
“I took it home and started gutting it,” Mr Forder said.
“I had just taken the wings off when I saw a little head poking out of its belly.”
“I couldn’t believe it.
“The croc must have gone in tail first and it fell out when I turned the barra around.
“I looked at it and thought ‘Wow, it’s a f...ing croc’.”
The 40-year-old fisho said he had not heard of or seen a baby crocodile inside a barramundi before.
“Seriously, how cool is it,” he said.
“But where’s mum?”
Mr Forder said he caught the barra in a spring-fed creek near the Katherine high level bridge - at a spot where he used to take his children for a swim.
“I’ve seen a few little crocs around there, but never any real big ones - but I guess you do wonder where mum is.
“But it looks like Parks and Wildlife should change their croc traps over to big barra traps so it’s safe to swim in the Katherine River,” he added, laughing.