Crocodile and a shark face off at Australia’s Top End – before one of the predators avoids a fight
- Last Saturday, a shark was spotted stalking a crocodile in the Northern Territory
- As the shark swam behind it, the crocodile appeared to be fleeing on nearby rocks
- The terrifying encounter of the apex predators was captured in drone footage
Frightening footage shows a curious shark stalking a crocodile in crystal clear water at Australia’s Top End.
The crocodile floated on the surface of the water in the Wessel Islands in the Northern Territory last Saturday, with a shark lurking beneath and circling the reptile.
In the nerve-racking images of the two apex predators, the brave shark, believed to be a tiger shark, is seen swimming right behind the large crocodile, which then appears to be fleeing nearby rocks.
Last weekend, a curious shark was spotted stalking a crocodile in Northern Territory waters
The encounter was filmed by Duncan Brotchie, who said the crocodile was definitely a ‘bit tired’ of the shark sitting hot on its tail and ‘excited’ to get on the rocks.
‘I took some pictures of the crocodile myself and thought that was it and then the shark appeared and I just hit the record and tried to follow them without panicking too much!’ Mr Brotchie told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We were probably about 10 meters away, but could only see the drone’s footage because of the glare on the water, so you wouldn’t know at all what was happening without seeing it from above.
“The shark got really close to the crocodile, so I thought something was going to happen, but he probably had a second thought!”
The terrifying encounter between the two apex predators was spotted Saturday in the Wessel Islands in the Northern Territory
The crocodile seemed to flee on nearby rocks as the shark swam right behind it
In a showdown between predators such as a shark and a crocodile, sharks are usually believed to come second.
Earlier this year, a four-meter saltwater crocodile was seen devouring a shark that a woman had just caught on her fishing line in Cardwell, far north Queensland.
The crocodile had stalked the shark along the coast after it was brought in by the woman, and seconds later the reptile had the fish between its teeth.
A woman has more than she expected while fishing on a beach when she hauled in a shark … only to be eaten by a crocodile