Watch: Shark Hunts Massive Saltwater Crocodile in Australia

Written by Katie Melynn
Published: October 10, 2022
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What would happen if a shark went up against a crocodile?

Thanks to video footage, we now have some idea of how these two apex predators would square up. A surfer in Australia’s Northern Territories saw the two animals. Drone footage from above captured the hunt as it intensified.

The video begins with the crocodile swimming near the surface of crystal clear water. You can see the shark below, its outline clear. The shark circles the crocodile a few times. Both are swimming near large rocks by the coast. The crocodile doesn’t swim quickly and seems almost lazy as it moves its tail and body back and forth slowly.

On the other hand, the shark is a bit more active. It circles underneath the crocodile and eventually lines up behind the croc. At this point, the crocodile goes down into the water and both animals speed up. It seems that the hunt is on!

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The shark gets closer and closer. It is only a foot or two away from the crocodile’s long tail before it abruptly turns away. Why did it call off the hunt? The crocodile went for a rock and climbed up. The shark simply couldn’t follow it.

The shark swims off, possibly to find another food source. There aren’t a lot of fish or other marine life in the waters shown in the video but the shark probably knows where it can find a tasty snack.

The crocodile continues to climb and swim among the rocks. Still underwater, the crocodile uses the rocks to stay protected and out of reach. It eventually lifts its snout out of the water briefly then returns to swimming. Once it is sure that the shark has left the area, the crocodile returns to deeper water and goes on its way.

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Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie is a Teaching Artist with The APEX Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and was awarded an Author Fellowship to Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She also enjoys spending time with her three kids and cat.

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