Saturday 18 January 2020

'Jaws vs Claws': Crocodile wrestles bull shark in Australian river

The Shark and Brutus going at it
The Shark and Brutus going at it

Incredible pictures of a crocodile fighting a shark have emerged after tourists witnessed the two creatures going head to head in a death match.

The 18ft crocodile, known locally as Brutus took on the Bull Shark, which is one of the world's most aggressive shark species.

Andrew Paice was on a wildlife cruise on the Adelaide River with his partner and seven-year-old daughter on Tuesday when they witnessed the attack.

"It was on the way back to the jetty, we went past Brutus again, he was up on the bank," Mr Paice told AFP from Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory on Wednesday.

The crocodile and shark fight
The crocodile and shark fight

"As we were going past, we noticed that there was a fin. We thought it was a barramundi (fish) or something.

"And the guide took the boat in for a closer look and lo' and behold... it was a shark."

A local newspaper claimed Brutus won the battle.

"When we went past the first time the croc was lying there with the shark in its mouth," he said.

"When we pulled the boat in closer it slid back into the water. And when the shark, or the mouth of the croc, hit the water, the shark started to thrash around.

"It may have got away; it may have got eaten - we don't know. He didn't put that display on for us unfortunately."

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