Two fishermen couldn’t possibly measure their luck once they caught a shark.
But their luck wasn’t long-lasting. Their prey got stolen by a hungry crocodile.
The two fishermen’s location was 80km west of Wyndham, Western Australia.
Geoff Trutwein is one of the two fishermen who hooked the shark on February 21. The other one is Nat Barnes. While the two fishermen were trying to reel the shark, they faced a deadly opponent, a 2.5m saltwater crocodile.
Geoff is also a photographer, and he recorded a video of how Nat tried to reel the prey in further to the boat, but then, the crocodile appeared.
Nat was aware that he is losing the fight, so he let the shark into the rival’s jaws.
Geoff, Kununurra, said:
‘We had been out fishing for a few hours, and Nat caught a juvenile blacktip shark, and while he was reeling it in this saltwater croc decided he wanted that meal.
‘He shot over really quickly and grabbed it. The crocs aren’t timid around people, they’re very happy to be around us.
‘I’ve been photographing wildlife for 30 years, and I’ve seen the crocs around here a lot in my life, but I’ve never had an interaction like this. It was shocking. It was just incredible to see something so powerful up close.
‘This one was only young, but it was still about 2.5 meters in length. I got as close to the side of the boat as I was willing to get as I didn’t fancy losing my fingers.
‘They can look pretty placid when they’re lying on the mud flaps, but once this one decided he was hungry, there was no way he was letting it go.
‘They’re also lightning fast. Not only are they quick and powerful animals, they’re also really smart.’
According to him, those regular visitors are being observed. Once the crocodile thinks it knows you very well, it can be under your boat, and you won’t know until they bite your leg.