Saltwater Crocodiles Eating Sharks In Oz?

Saltwater Crocodiles Eating Sharks In Oz?

As if great whites, deadly fires, snakes, and box jellyfish weren’t enough, now add saltwater crocodiles to the list of “animals that can kill you” in Australia. What a lovely place…

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Worried about shark attacks off the pristine beaches in Australia’s tropical north? Surf lifesaver Col Sparkes breaks into a wry smile. “I wouldn’t be too concerned about that,” he says. “The story goes that there are no sharks up here because the crocs have eaten them all.”

Sparkes might be joking, but his intent is deadly serious. It’s not sharks that concern a man who first patrolled the sand and surf of far north Queensland almost four decades ago.

Or lethal jellyfish that keep people out of the water for six months every year. Sparkes believes saltwater crocodiles – some up to 4m long – now pose the biggest threat to a family day out at the beach. “There were no crocs at all when I first started lifesaving but now we’re getting monthly sightings,” he says.

“They’ve been seen cruising 50m off shore and sunbaking on beaches.” Last year a 3.5m “saltie” snatched a dog at a creek that runs into popular Kewarra Beach, just north of Cairns.


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