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Shark Meets the Real Jaws (Aussie Tourists 'Jumping For Joy' As Monster Crocodile Gobbles Up Shark)
ntnews ^ | June 24th, 2010 | NADJA HAINKE

Posted on 06/23/2010 9:35:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway

THIS monster crocodile has just proven who's the king of the swamp.

The 5m saltie made mince meat of a bull shark at Kakadu National Park.

A bunch of tourists looked on in shock when they saw the croc chomping on the shark at the upper flood plains of the South Alligator River on Saturday morning.

The shark had already been bitten in two by the hungry beast when this photograph was taken.

But tour guide Dean Cameron, 34, believed it would have been at least 3m long and weighed 60kg.

"It would have been amazing to see (the attack) - very wild footage," he said. "The croc would've taken the shark at night and then it would've had to take it to the bank to eat it."

Two separate tour boats with about 45 tourists each on board were shipping along the river as part of the Yellow Water Cruise about 8.15am when they saw the wild feast.

Mr Cameron, who was guiding one of the boats, said the visitors were over the moon to see the spectacle.

"Nearly 100 people saw it all up and they were jumping for joy," he said.

"They said this had made their Kakadu trip."

But it was not the first time a crocodile has been witnessed feasting on a shark.

Maxine Rawson-Rodriguez was on a jumping crocodile cruise at Adelaide River - about 100km south of Darwin - when the tourist boat came across a crocodile eating a shark on March 24.

And the Northern Territory News reported on January 29 how five fishermen fought off a crocodile to defend a prized shark caught off a Territory beach.

Mr Cameron, who has been a tour guide for two years and a park ranger for several more, said he would come across such a spectacle once a year.

And he said he was not surprised about finding sharks that far into a freshwater river system.

"With the wildlife here you just don't know what you'll get to see," he said.

"That's the beauty of it."


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: crocodile; sharks

1 posted on 06/23/2010 9:35:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Most places man is top of the food chain. In the ocean, he drops a few notches. In Australia, he’s lucky to make the top 100.


2 posted on 06/23/2010 9:36:47 PM PDT by kenth
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To: nickcarraway

What’s a crocodile doing in the Alligator River?


3 posted on 06/23/2010 9:38:14 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: nickcarraway
5 metres is about 16.5 feet.

They get big, here in Australasia.

4 posted on 06/23/2010 9:41:40 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: kenth
"Most places man is top of the food chain. In the ocean, he drops a few notches. In Australia, he’s lucky to make the top 100."

Isn't that the truth. Between the Great Whites, the salt-water crocs, the funnel web spiders, the box jelly fish, the banded sea snake and the blue ring octopi, man barely makes it in the top ten, and that's before he gets past the beach.

5 posted on 06/23/2010 9:42:32 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: James C. Bennett

Damn.


6 posted on 06/23/2010 9:44:55 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: OldDeckHand

I’m from Australia.

Nothing scares me worse than the Brown Recluse Spider that crawls all over the southern United States.

There’s also a version of it which is even more vicious - necrotic wounds are caused by its bites, and can frequently cause flesh wounds the size of tennis balls. The spider is tiny and very non-threatening in appearance, and this makes it much more dangerous.


7 posted on 06/23/2010 9:52:45 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: nickcarraway

Tulip Reklame Krokodille
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzY3PJpRTmE


8 posted on 06/23/2010 9:57:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Lorianne

He’s doing lunch, apparently....:)


9 posted on 06/23/2010 9:59:25 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over.....hook me up to the power line of your love.)
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To: kenth
Most places man is top of the food chain.

Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service—two dishes, but to one table. That’s the end.

- Hamlet

10 posted on 06/23/2010 9:59:46 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: OldDeckHand

You forgot the tai-pan and brown snake.


11 posted on 06/23/2010 10:04:50 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: James C. Bennett
"Nothing scares me worse than the Brown Recluse Spider that crawls all over the southern United States."

See, there's your first mistake. The brown recluse - which is a terrifying spider - is found mainly in the midwest part of the country. Missouri is recluse capital of the world. The recluse is found only exceptionally sparingly in the south, and really only in the very northern edges of the south.

I happened to read an article on a plane just a few months ago from a PhD from Emory (I think, maybe Georgia Tech) that did copious research on the recluse in Georgia. As it turns out, many instances of necrotic flesh are mistakenly attributed to the brown recluse, when in fact it's most likely MIRSA (the super infectious bacteria). From her studies of GA, she found the fear of the recluse - at least in the south - as very overblown. I wish I could remember the ladies name. I'd search for the article and post it.

12 posted on 06/23/2010 10:05:14 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
Hmm, that's interesting.

I would have thought that it would be easy for doctors to distinguish between MRSA and a spider bite, simply by observing the mode of wound progress.

Two range maps I found online:


13 posted on 06/23/2010 10:14:07 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
Read this from University of California ar Riverside Entomologist Rick Vetter. Your worries are much worse than the actuality.

Myth of the Brown Recluse Fact, Fear, and Loathing

14 posted on 06/23/2010 10:17:30 PM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: James C. Bennett
This isn't the same article, but it's written with information from the lady who's published piece I read, Nancy Hinkle...

Scientist: Brown Recluse Spider Population in Georgia Not So Bad

I'll look around to see if I can find the other story. I didn't read it online, but in an actual journal. I just can't remember the journal name.

15 posted on 06/23/2010 10:20:50 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: James C. Bennett

Crickey, that’s a big boy!


16 posted on 06/23/2010 10:29:08 PM PDT by packrat35 (Planned Parenthood - Keeping healthcare costs down, one fetus at a time)
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To: OldDeckHand; sig226

Thanks!


17 posted on 06/23/2010 10:30:11 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Michigan is also home to the brown recluse...


18 posted on 06/23/2010 10:52:13 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Lorianne

Diversity. It’s everywhere.


19 posted on 06/23/2010 11:16:02 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ( I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra)
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To: OldDeckHand

Maybe the good PhD should visit Memphis, TN. We are located in the Mid-South and it’s not unusual in my line of work to see a brown recluse a couple times a week. I’m no spider-ologist....I just clean residential homes. Scary, huh?


20 posted on 06/23/2010 11:16:17 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: OldDeckHand

P.S. My experience has shown me that they really like sink drains. I like to look in a sink before I reach into one and preferrably AFTER I run the hot water for a few seconds.


21 posted on 06/23/2010 11:17:58 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: nickcarraway


22 posted on 06/24/2010 12:23:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (11/03/2010 - What did Obama know and when did he know it?)
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To: nickcarraway

Somehow, the juxtaposition of that picture and the lead news (Rudd replaced by Gillard) is too funny and appropriate.


23 posted on 06/24/2010 12:31:50 AM PDT by tanuki (Obamacare, Cap and Tax, Amnesty, in that order....)
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To: SkyDancer

G’Dye Missy ~


24 posted on 06/24/2010 3:07:00 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: nickcarraway
the Yellow Water Cruise

Maybe the Aussies should cut back on the beer a little.

25 posted on 06/24/2010 3:20:04 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: James C. Bennett

They are bad, but not deadly. You guys have more and deadlier.


26 posted on 06/24/2010 5:59:29 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: ExpatGator

Maybe it’s just that we’re used to them, growing up, LOL!


27 posted on 06/24/2010 9:44:42 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

My wife was bitten on both legs around the same place on both legs at six months apart.Unbelievable damage and permanent scarring the size of a 50 cent piece.We live in West Texas and they are very common.
Almost went crazy cleaning house.We became obsessed with neutralizing them.They will always be here but not on such a large scale.
Good luck to anyone bitten.


28 posted on 06/24/2010 11:50:20 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: OldDeckHand

A good friend of mine in Atlanta’s dog was biten by something. The vet later said it was most likely a brown recluse. The dog survived with permanent scarring but it was touch and go for several weeks.


29 posted on 06/24/2010 11:58:24 AM PDT by GeorgiaGuy
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To: xarmydog

Apparently, others have argued here (above) that Brown Recluse bites are not the real culprits for those wounds.


30 posted on 06/24/2010 12:06:03 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

My wife was bitten on both legs around the same place on both legs at six months apart.Unbelievable damage and permanent scarring the size of a 50 cent piece.We live in West Texas and they are very common.
Almost went crazy cleaning house.We became obsessed with neutralizing them.They will always be here but not on such a large scale.
Good luck to anyone bitten


31 posted on 06/24/2010 3:23:17 PM PDT by xarmydog
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To: Northern Yankee

G’Dye yerself ... it’s around 0845 here ... sad thing is I get to miss early AM stuff posted and come in around 1530ish US time so half of FR’s day is already gone ....


32 posted on 06/24/2010 3:46:13 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A Kangaroo Is Loose In The Top Paddock)
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To: James C. Bennett
Been awhile but I can say that the Brown Recluse in older times was referred to as’The spider that hides’.
Ugly wound that takes some time to heal.
She received what was interpreted as another on her stomach.They treated it as a spider bite for one month.Then it colonized into four holes.
They did a biopsy and found out it was MRSA.
Seven days of three hours in the morning of a power full antibiotic and three hours in the evening for one week.All the while having to change the IV entrance as the anti-biotic was so HOT it kept collapsing her veins.
If diagnosed properly in the early stages,all that she would have had to take was oral medicine.Rough time
33 posted on 07/14/2010 2:39:29 PM PDT by xarmydog
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To: xarmydog

Wow, that’s pretty scary.

When it was diagnosed as MRSA, did it have anything to do with the spider’s bite itself? I mean, do these spiders harbour those bacteria?

Thanks for the input.


34 posted on 07/14/2010 2:47:03 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
MY wife had been bitten twice on one leg each within two weeks of another.Nasty wound is an understatement.She will forever have scars on each leg that are the size of half dollars.
She had thought she had been bitten on her stomach which the local hospital had misdiagnosed for a month.it was then they decided to do a biopsy after it had colonized into four groups.
She had to undergo intravenous treatments that consisted of three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening for one week for treatment of MRSA.A very nasty procedure when if caught early,a pill would have taken care of the problem.
The treatments were given in the emergency room of all places.
Many nurses have had it and they say it comes wit the job.
PS,when the wife was first bit,
we tore the house apart.We did anything and everything short of poisoning ourselves.
To no avail.
We tore the hose apart completely remodeling from top to bottom.
No work.
As I type,I have six bites under my armpit.Not to brag,our house is immaculate and I have become the bug Special Forces in our house.My next option is to line our closets with ceder.If anyone has a better idea,We would appreciate it.
PS,We live in West Texas,Thanks and sorry for the long spiel.
35 posted on 07/20/2010 4:05:04 PM PDT by xarmydog
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To: nickcarraway

“Crikey! That shark had a flavor!”

36 posted on 07/20/2010 4:12:52 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Steve Irwin, R.I.P.)
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To: xarmydog

Thanks for the feedback, xarmydog!

I hear you, I hate pests and I hate the fact that they are such a pain in the behind to eliminate in houses made of wood and drywall. I’ve often contemplated lining all inner surfaces of my house with non-porous sheeting, just for avoiding situations like this.


37 posted on 07/20/2010 6:54:51 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

It may have been a black widow as I have seen quite a few.But also brown recluse.I was wondering if ceder lined closets would help.When I was bitten,I had worn a shirt that day that I had not worn in quite awhile.I am in the habit of shaking out anything and everything including boots and shoes.
I have been stung six times by scorpions and it feels like a cigarette being put out on you.I was also stung by a tarantula which caused some discomfort and itching,but that is how it is in west Texas.I kill a lot of rattle snakes.


38 posted on 07/21/2010 9:59:29 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: James C. Bennett

Had a quack doctor who initially diagnosed it as a spider bite as she already had two.Treated the spot on her stomach as past history.I spent a lot of time researching myself and found that when MRSA left untreated,tends to colonize.She had four spots on her stomach after one month of treatment before they did biopsies.Instead of a good diagnosis at first where she could have taken pills to combat the infection,It turned into three days in the morning for drips,three hours after work for another one.Veins collapsing,for one week.And she continued working.Pin this shot,all were given in the ER!!I am not a smart man,but if in a serious accident,would not want to be exposed to that situation.PS,ALL MRSA patients were treated there.Scenario,bad car accident,taken to ER,where that is prevalent.Do you trust them???HELL NO>


39 posted on 11/03/2012 4:34:05 PM PDT by xarmydog
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