6 September 2012
By BIANCA KEEGAN
MORE than a dozen saltwater crocodiles have been captured, tagged and released as the famous Irwin family makes its mark along the Wenlock River, near Weipa.
Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, together with the Australia Zoo team and University of Queensland researchers, are in the far north to learn more about the protected species.
"Data extracted from the trackers gives us incredible insight into the species that Steve (Irwin) was so passionate about," Terri Irwin said.
"For example, we have found out the travelling distances of saltwater crocodiles, how long they can stay submerged in water, their ability to return home after relocation and behaviours during flood events.
"Steve once expressed to me that the Wenlock River region is 'the most beautiful place on Earth’."
The trip is part of the Irwins’ annual crocodile research project, which started in Cape York in 2008.
In the past four years, the team has tagged and tracked 86 crocodiles.
They hope 2012 will be the year they reach their target of 100 crocodiles captured.