While returning from a leisurely boat cruise, tourists in Kakakadu National Park got the surprise of a lifetime!
The van of tourists was driving down a road flooded by recent rain when they stumbled upon a huge crocodile known in the park as Blacky. Before the tour guide could begin filming this video, the monster croc was having a midday snack of half a horse!
The approach of the tour van surprised Blacky enough that he dropped his meal and headed for the safety of the brush, but not enough that he was in any hurry to do it. He knows who the king of the jungle is!
Blacky is likely a saltwater crocodile, the largest species of crocodile that can grow up to 22 feet long! Despite the name, saltwater crocs don’t only live in the ocean — they can often be found deep inland up rivers and estuaries, or in swampy brackish (part salt and part freshwater) areas like in this video.
Saltwater crocs can easily hunt animals the size of deer, horses, sheep and cattle — and humans! They don’t often go after two-legged prey, but you’re actually more likely to be attacked by a croc than a shark. Crocs kill about 1000 people per year worldwide, whereas sharks only kill 10.
To stay safe in crocodile habitat, here are a few quick tips:
- Don’t swim outside designated areas. If you’re in croc country, odds are that nice swimming hole is off-limits for a reason. Even if you’re allowed to be swimming there, check for signs of crocs before getting in the water.
- Stay aware. If you’re on their turf, keep an eye out for the eyes and nostrils of crocs on the top of the water. Avoid swimming in murky water and don’t go swimming at dusk or after dark. It’s much harder to see them in these conditions.
- Don’t be a target. Don’t dangle limbs off boats, don’t camp too close to the water, avoid thick brush and give any crocodiles you see a wide berth. In a one-on-one fight, they’ll win, so don’t give them the chance.
- Run! Crocs can haul tail in short bursts, but they don’t have much stamina on land, so running as fast and far as you can is usually a good tactic to get away from a charging crocodile.
- If a croc does get its teeth in you, it will likely try to drag you under water. Experts recommend gouging the eyes, nostrils, ears and throat of the animal.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there!