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Image: Australian Aboriginal hunter Marcus Gaykamangu carries an Australian native lizard called a goanna over his shoulder on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land

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Aborigines Hunt Crocodiles in Australia's Outback

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Image: Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu stands in a billabong after shooting a crocodile near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land

Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu stands ankle-deep in murky water after shooting a crocodile. A single booming blast from his shotgun had shattered the calm of the outback, eerily silent save for the screeching of tropical birds.

Gaykamangu is a member of the the Yolngu community, who live on the northern tip of Australia in the Arnhem Land reserve, closer to the Indonesian island of Bali than to Sydney. It covers an area of around 37,000 square miles and has a population of around 16,000. Access for non-Aborigines is by invitation only.

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Image: Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people uses a stick to try and find a crocodile he is hunting in a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem L

Gaykamangu uses a stick to try to find a crocodile.

Australia's Aborigines are the custodians of the longest unbroken cultural tradition on earth, having migrated Down Under from Africa via Asia between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago, and connection to the land is practically written into their DNA.

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Image: Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu carries a crocodile he has just shot dead along the edge of a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land

Gaykamangu carries a crocodile he has just shot dead along the edge of a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra.

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Image: Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu sits by a billabong and cuts up a crocodile he just shot dead near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land

Gaykamangu cuts up the crocodile before transporting it. "It's easier to carry them without all that skin," he says. He wraps the intestines in leaves, as nothing that can be eaten is wasted.

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Image: Australian Aboriginal hunter Marcus Gaykamangu carries an Australian native lizard called a goanna over his shoulder on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land

Marcus Gaykamangu, Roy's son, carries a goanna - an Australian native lizard - over his shoulder as the men head home after the hunt.

-- Reuters

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