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Pinjarra's Story

Pinjarra is one of the largest crocodiles on display anywhere in the world. Find out more about how he came to be with us SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium...

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Pinjarra's Story

Pinjarra, whose name is aboriginal for ‘place of soft grass and smooth water’, was relocated to Koorana Crocodile Farm near Rockhampton, Queensland, after he was found stranded on a cattle farm after a significant flood.

Pinjarra has spent the last 25 years with three female companions at Koorana, but they have now grown too old to produce eggs and he is too big to put with young breeders.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium was considered an ideal location to keep, protect and add to the conservation of this incredible creature, and so the brand new state-of-the-art exhibit - Crocodile's Lair - was constructed to meet his needs, which opened to the public on September 21, 2013.

 Pinjarra fast facts:

  • NAME: Pinjarra is an aboriginal word meaning ‘place of soft grass and smooth water’
  • SEX: Male
  • SIZE: Measures in at over 5 metres
  • WEIGHT: Approximately 750kg
  • AGE: Around 50 years-old
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