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Crocodile shot dead after killing fisherman in Australia

An albino crocodile that is a popular attraction among tourists in Australia has been shot dead after it attacked and killed a fisherman in front of the man's wife.

The 57-year-old man, who was not identified, was attacked by the crocodile Monday in the Northern Territory’s Adelaide River after he went into the waters to untangle his fishing line, Sky News reports.

Northern Territory Police duty superintendent Jo Foley said the man’s wife heard "a scream and then turned around and saw a tail splashing in the water."

Authorities and wildlife officials then found and shot the crocodile – called “Michael Jackson” by locals – and recovered the man’s body.

Thousands of tourists flock to the Adelaide River each year to view the crocodiles, who regularly leap out of the water for chickens dangled from cruise ships, according to Sky News.

Northern Territory Police Superintendent Bob Harrison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the crocodile was well known to tour operators.  

"It's sad they had to shoot him,” said Tony Blums, who runs Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises.” I'm always telling people not to go fishing because the sound of the fish splashing attracts the crocs, who go and take a look and then lurk close by, just under the surface."

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