Axel chosen as winning name for Crocosaurus Cove’s new star attraction.
Chase Johnson with Name a Croc winner Brett Frew and newly named saltie Axel. Picture: IVAN RACHMAN
MEET Axel, Crocosaurus Cove’s happiest new resident.
Brett Frew’s new name for the 900kg saltie was chosen from more than 300 entries.
Crocosaurus Cove manager Chase Johnson said the number of suggestions was overwhelming.
Although he’s an estimated 65-years-old, he’s only just entering his prime.
“He’s awesome, he’s a machine,” she said.
Axel was previously known as “Big Boy” or “Fat Boy”.
Ms Johnson said Axel was settling in well.
“He loves being the centre of attention,” she said.
Mr Frew said the idea for the name came to him after hearing the animal had an appetite for car tyres.
“I name all my hunting dogs after car parts; I’ve got one named Chassis and another called Coil,” he said.
Axel was taken out of the wild in 1980 after locals reported him attacking cars and boat trailers on the Roper River.
As part of his prize, Mr Frew, from Jabiru, won a swim with Axel in the Cage of Death.
“He’s a big boy, that’s for sure,” he said.