That’s a few jaws now! Giant crocodile swallows a SHARK in Australia
- In Northern Queensland, Australia, a huge crocodile has been captured on camera eating a shark
- The two apex predators faced off when flooding caused freshwater species to be washed downstream
- The Nile crocodile showed its superiority with a bite eight times that of a great white shark
The extraordinary moment when a crocodile eats a bull shark was captured on camera in North Queensland, Australia.
Researcher and photographer Mark Ziembicki, 46, captured the rare moment on a recent visit to Australia’s east coast.
“While we were taking pictures of another crocodile on the bank, there was some commotion about a hundred yards away,” said Ziembicki.
A local resident of the area who was also there called out that a crocodile was eating a shark.
“We turned and saw the shark wash away in the mouth of the crocodile.”
The two apex predators came up against each other in North Queensland, Australia
The crocodile was depicted with the shark upside down between its jaws, unable to escape its grim fate
The once in a lifetime moment was captured by researcher and photographer Mark Ziembicki, 46, from North Queensland, Australia, on a recent visit to Australia’s east coast
The huge one-thousand five hundred pound crocodile can be seen closing in on the 100-pound bull shark pup with its huge mouth wide open, ready to feast on its prey
The Nile crocodile approached the 100-pound bull shark pup with its huge mouth wide open, ready to enjoy its prey
‘The shark gradually slowed down until it was finally swallowed up completely forward,’ said Ziembicki who captured the entire event from a spot just 60 yards away from the dead
According to Ziembicki, the combination of the recent opening of the nearby St Lucia estuary and excessive inland rainfall caused freshwater species to be flushed downstream into salty coastal waters, leading to the unlikely meeting between the two apex predators.
Nile crocodiles, the species depicted, are freshwater reptiles and are rarely seen in saltwater environments. However, excessive rainfall has washed them downstream to places occupied by the saltwater bull shark.
“We had been observing both the crocodiles and the sharks in the area for several hours and wondered what would happen if the two met.”
However, there was really no match for the shark. The Nile crocodile has the most powerful bite in the animal kingdom, being about eight times that of a great white shark.
Nile crocodiles are one of the newest apex predators in the world. Their bite is stronger than any other animal and about eight times that of a great white shark
The two species met after abundant inland rainfall caused freshwater species, including the Nile crocodiles, to be washed downstream in saline coastal waters, home to the bull shark