Thursday, 21 March 2013

Two metre salt water crocodile eats smaller croc

IT'S a croc-eat-croc world out there - especially on the Daintree River.

Passengers on board a recent wildlife cruise were treated to something a little different when they witnessed a 2m salivating saltie munching on a much smaller juvenile croc.

Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruise owner David White said the croc, nicknamed Eric, was fishing along the edge of the river bank. "Eric was swimming and fishing along the edge of the mud, probably waiting for fish or crabs to move, and acting normal, so we kept on moving," he said.

"When we came back past we saw him with a much smaller 2011-model baby crocodile in his mouth.

"He had obviously killed it and was attempting to swallow it but it was just a little too big, so he swam away with it.

"When we saw him a few days later he had a big belly so he must have finished it.

"It doesn't matter what it is, if a croc sees something move they will go for it.

"It probably happens quite often but we just don't really see it."

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