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- Broome: Crocs and Camels -

BROOME is situated approximately 2200 kilometres north of Perth. The cosmopolitan atmosphere derives from early pearling days (from the 1850's onwards) when luggers from many Asiatic and European nations used the busy wharf at Broome.
As well as providing pearls for jewellery (the largest pearl ever found at Broome was in 1917, the 108.8 grain 'Star of the West'), mother-of pearl shell was exported in large quantities to serve the button industry.
Today pearling forms only a small part of Broome's industry which is now largely devoted to tourism.

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MANGROVE POINT at Broome.


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SPEAKING OF CROCODILES.....
The Saltwater (Estuarine) crocodile is a dangerous animal growing up to 7 metres in length. It inhabits coastal areas, estuaries and the larger rivers such as the Ord and Fitzroy.
Freshwater crocodiles seldom excede 3 metres in length (usually less than 2 metres). They are not dangerous to humans; their main diet is fish, crustaceans and small animals.
They are found in freshwater rivers, swamps and billabongs (river branches that form pools). Both species of crocodile are to be found in the Kimberley.

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MALCOLM DOUGLAS, local identity and television personality, has on display a large number of awesome saltwater crocodiles at his crocodile park and farm in Broome. The park is open each day to the public.
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