Old Crocodile Attacks Shark in Australian River, Wins

Image: A 5.5-meter crocodile makes mince meat out of a bull shark
A 5.5-meter crocodile makes mince meat out of a bull shark in the Adelaide River on Aug. 5, 2014 in Kakadu, Australia.Getty Images

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A shark and an elderly crocodile went head-to-head on an Australian river as a boatload of tourists watched in amazement. Passengers on a crocodile-spotting tour in the Northern Territory got more than they bargained for Tuesday when they spotted the reptile clasping its jaws around a bull shark. "I supposed you're a bit awe-struck really," Andrew Paice, an avid photographer, told NBC News.

The incident occurred during a ride along the Adelaide River near the Kakadu National Park. The group had been watching crocodiles jump for a piece of buffalo meat on a stick. A reptile nicknamed "Brutus" was the most impressive. He is estimated to be 80-years-old and 18 feet long. As the boat returned to the jetty, he was spotted clasping the shark.

As the reptile dragged his prey back into the water the shark thrashed, but could not escape. Paice has taken 6,500 photos in the first four months of trip around Australia with his partner and daughter. But this is his favorite. "It’s going to be a bit hard to top this one," he said.

The fin of the bull shark appears as it is attacked by a crocodile in the Adelaide River in Kakadu, Australia on Aug. 5, 2014.Andrew Paice / Getty Images
— Christina Boyle