Monday, 9 December 2019

Croc Attack

While we were at a place called Cahills Crossing, which is a crossing point on the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory, we heard a large 'book' from the river, and immediately saw a large ring of splashes and ripples just down the river from us.  We were on a high bank above the river, so were in no danger.

An estuarine / saltwater crocodile had just caught a large catfish of some sort and was mincing it up with a rather impressive set of teeth.  Cahills Crossing has a bit of a reputation for being unsafe at times due to a combination of large numbers of fish, and hence fisherfolk, and crocodiles.  Add beer and boats and its a recipe for disaster!

Luckily as far as we could tell, the only casulty on this day was the Catfish!  Just as a reminder, this is a wild crocodile, not one of the 'trained' jumping crocs that you see on some tours.  It was, to say the least, impressive!











You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.   As we approach a busy time of year replies may be a bit slower than normal!  Cheers  SM



20 comments:

Ludmiła Jabłońska said...

It was exciting to watch such action live. But I would be very afraid. We don't have such dangerous predators.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Only one photograph came through on my blog no matter how many times i tried Stewart. Scary but at least you were safely out of the way.

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

I think there's a problem Stewart. Only one picture appears on your article.
This animal is surprising. I remember in Africa taking some great pictures.

italiafinlandia said...

Scary indeed!
All the best, Stewart.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
The power, the strength, the speed... not to be messed with!!! YAM xx

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am sure the catfish' day was ruined! I can think of politicians who would make ideal crocodile food!

Marcia said...

Good to be viewing from a distance. All the photos came through for me.

Rhodesia said...

Great photos but not my favourite animal!! Cheers Diane.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Crocs and alligators are not to be messed with! Great shots.

Fun60 said...

Gives me the shivers looking at those photos. Scary!!

Marie Smith said...

Great shots! Scary!

Lea said...

Oh wow! Look at those teeth!
Great action photos!

Jill Harrison said...

Great action shots! Were you in Arnham Land? We visited Kakadu in July, and coincidentally Cahills Crossing is on my blog this week, but we didn't cross over. Happy travels!

Rosie said...

Amazing photos of the croc in action. We have been there a couple of times but have not seen anything as exciting as that, just the odd crocodile cruising along. Thanks for sharing.

Veronica Lee said...

Scary but really cool action shots!

Happy Tuesday!

s.c said...

The way nature works. Nice sequence.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Good captures but I must say I'm happy being away from gators and crocs. I live in Florida and some folks just go out of their way to be close to gators. Not smart.

NCSue said...

Hope I never get close to one of those - what a viscous bite!
Thanks for sharing these great action shots at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/12/mums-word-at-longwood-gardens.html

Lady Fi said...

Wow - amazing shots!

carolinesnatuurfotografie said...

Beautiful pictures but scary. Greetings Caroline