RANGERS were forced to remove the body of the crocodile that killed a popular Cairns spearfisherman after it resurfaced in the lower reaches of the Russell River.
Fishermen were met with the grisly sight of the bloated carcass of the 4m long saltwater croc that attacked Warren Hughes, 35, on Saturday at Palmer Point, about 40km south of the city.
The massive saltie had been shot dead by rangers on Tuesday night, at the mouth of the Russell River, and left to sink to the bottom of the estuary.
Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection had been authorised to use lethal force on the aggressive animal, which had charged vessels during the three-day search for Mr Hughes' body.
An EHP spokeswoman confirmed the croc corpse found today by fishers was the same animal euthanised by wildlife officers earlier this week.
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