A British expat has slammed an Australian for being ‘fucking stupid’ as he was filmed fishing just meters from a giant saltwater crocodile.
Tez Blackmore, from west London, was passing by a river in far north Queensland on Sunday when he spotted a local fisherman with a crocodile lying on the sand behind him.
Mr Blackmore called the Australian man ‘fuckin’ stupid’ for his relaxed attitude towards the dangerous reptile.
“I’ve seen stupid things in Australia and fucking stupid people, but it sucks,” Mr Blackmore can be heard saying behind the camera.
‘Look at that fucking big croc on the beach. The fucking peach head next to it… it’s a cool croc. He’s probably twice as long as that fucking person.
The fisherman is thought to be around 182cm (6ft) tall, with the crocodile appearing considerably taller.
In a second clip, the unfazed fisherman is seen leaving the edge of the bank and nonchalantly walking past the crocodile.
Mr Blackmore has not revealed the exact location where he filmed the fisherman and the crocodile as he is concerned for the safety of the crocodile.
The large male crocodile is known to people in the far north of Queensland and even received a nickname.
“He’s a pretty big croc, and he’s not a nuisance, so the last thing I want is for anything to happen to him,” Mr Blackmore said. yahoo.
Authorities often view crocodiles that habituate to humans as a threat and remove the reptiles from the area.
The video received flak from critics, with many saying the behavior endangers the life of the fisherman and the crocodile.
The Australian fisherman was seen fishing off a river in Far North Queensland while a large male saltwater crocodile lay on the sand a few yards behind him (pictured)
In a second clip, the unfazed fisherman is seen leaving the edge of the bank and nonchalantly walking past the crocodile (pictured)
Queensland crocodile expert Tommy Hayes knows the crocodile well and shares Mr Blackmore’s concerns, saying the video gave him goosebumps.
“What the guy in the video is doing is beyond complacency, it’s stupidity,” Mr Hayes said.
“Where he is standing is maybe 10 or 15 meters from the crocodile. I have goosebumps and the wrong one.
It comes after a series of videos emerged showing a social media trend where influencers are venturing into fang-infested waters.
Daniel Colombini – whose Instagram page reads ‘I f ****** LOVE FISHING and go on the beers’ – filmed himself jumping 10 meters off an embankment into the famously dangerous Tully River.
Mr. Colombini said “We’ll see what happens, huh?” just before his reckless jump into the crocodile-infested water.
Tourist Alistair MacPhee also filmed himself wading through the crocodile-infested Bloomfield River, which is also in Far North Queensland.
Mr MacPhee was bitten on the leg by the crocodile and survived the attack, while his beloved dog Magic Molly was swallowed whole.
The 4.2m crocodile was shot by wildlife officers, with rangers finding Mr McPhee’s pet in his stomach.
Fishing adventure influencer Daniel Colombini (pictured) filmed himself jumping into the crocodile-infested Tully River
After landing in the water, Mr Colombini (pictured) swam with friends in a nearby boat
Alistair MacPhee (pictured left) was attacked and seriously injured by a crocodile while his beloved dog Magic Molly (right) was killed and swallowed whole
Father of the late Steve Irwin, Bob Irwin has urged the Queensland government to impose tougher penalties on tourists and locals who take risks around crocodiles.
Mr Irwin commented on Mr MacPhee’s encounter with a crocodile, saying his pet dog paid the ultimate price.
“The crocodile and his pet dog, Molly, have since paid the ultimate price for this individual’s blatant stupidity,” Mr Irwin said.
“I might add that the crocodile spat out Alister MacPhee. But now he has a scar and a story to tell, and that story is grabbing the world’s attention.
Mr Hayes also called for tougher penalties for those who intentionally provoke wild crocodiles.
“(Crocodiles) don’t trust humans because they’re friendly, they just know humans aren’t going to hurt them, so they’re just waiting for that moment to strike,” Mr Hayes said.
“It’s a natural behavior caused by unnatural things. But this behavior is not caused by the crocodile, it is caused by humans.