Terrifying moment a sneaky crocodile completely disappears in murky water leaving no wake in its path – so would you have spotted it?
- Two fisherman were fishing on Saturday when they saw the giant crocodile
- They tried to take a closer look with a drone, but it kept diving under the water
- ‘Our coastal waters look pretty inviting, until you take a closer look,’ they said
Two fishermen have captured the terrifying moment a crocodile lurking near their boat completely disappeared in murky water.
Neal Fischer and Brychan Hawker were using their drone to film the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, during a fishing trip on Saturday when they saw the giant reptile swimming in a rip.
Every time the pair moved the drone closer to the crocodile, it would plunge down into the water and out of sight.
‘Our coastal waters look pretty inviting, until you take a closer look,’ the caption read.
When two fisherman used their drone to take a closer look, it disappeared under the surface (pictured)
When the footage was shared on Facebook on Sunday by the ABC, users to flocked to the comments section to share their horror.
‘It just disappears,’ one shocked viewer wrote.
‘It’s not stupid. Sitting there to the side of the rip, just waiting for something to be pulled past it,’ another added.
Other users joked about the dangers of swimming in crocodile infested waters.
Pictured: A crocodile swimming in a rip in the ocean at the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, on Saturday
‘Ready for a swim next week?’ one woman asked, tagging her friend in the post.
The friend replied: ‘Not in the sea I’m not.’
Another added: ‘It’s a bloody definite no for swimming from me. Deadly drone pic.’
Dangerous saltwater crocodiles thrive around the Darwin area.
The Northern Territory government warns residents and tourists to check for warnings before entering the water.
WHAT IS A SALTWATER CROCODILE?
- It is the largest of all living reptiles, growing up to 6m in length and up to a tonne in weight
- Typically remain motionless and camouflaged for very long periods, and are often mistaken for a partially submerged log
- Able to propel itself through the water at surprising speed up to speeds of around 18km/h
- With eyes and nostrils on top of its head, it can remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water
- Distinguished by its large size, bulk and wide rounded snout
- Mouth contains 40-60 large teeth designed to rip flesh off prey as food is swallowed whole
- Strictly carnivorous, it eats fish, birds, and even wallabies, water buffalo, cattle, flying foxes, crabs and turtles that venture near the water’s edge
- Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole
- When hunting prey, they lie in wait, partially submerged or completely underwater
- Inhabit the mangrove swamps, coastal marshes, and river mouths, around the top of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
- The saltwater crocodile can live up to 70 years old
Source: Australian Reptile Park