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Pictures Reveal Shark Vs. Crocodile Battle Off Aussie Coast; 'We Heard Some Splashing'
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NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia -- There'S no need to be scared of sharks when you're in the Territory -- the crocs usually get to them first.

Paul van Bruggen snapped these amazing pictures of a 2.5m saltie dining out on a shark on the banks of the Daly River.

"We went past one section of the river and we heard some splashing," he said.

"We looked across and saw a shark's tail coming up out of the water and then a crocodile's head came up and grabbed it." Mr van Bruggen said the crocodile knew exactly what it was doing, dragging the shark on to unfamiliar dry land before finishing off its prey.

"How smart is the crocodile? It if was you or me it would be dragging you in to drown you, but it takes the shark up on dry land," he said.

The fisherman, who was on the Daly River last Friday for the Barra Classic, said thecrocodile definitely wanted shark for dinner.

"We were about 15 metres away and it didn't bat an eyelid," he said.

source: http://www.ntnews.com.au/

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I wonder who would win if the shark was the same size as the croc. In this case, the shark looks to be about 1.5 meters long, if that. This is the same battle of boyhood wonders such as an equal sized lion verses tiger, leopard verses jaguar, grizzly bear verses polar bear, white shark verses tiger shark. Great pics. Kevin Host, Shark Conspiracies sharkconspiracies.net
   comment# 1   - Kevin · Agoura Hills, CA · May 24, 2008 @ 9:07am

With animals of the same size it could go either way...I think the shark here is a bull shark. Adult bulls sharks and tiger sharks have been found with crocodile remains in them. A large crocodile could find in hard to clamp down on a large powerful shark but it would'nt be impossible for them to take one out.
   comment# 2   - Jerry Conway · Bournemouth UK · May 26, 2008 @ 4:51am

The Shark does have the advantage of both land and sea. Even if facing a shark of equal size, it can attack or escape from two different fronts.
   comment# 3   - John · Lafayette US · May 28, 2008 @ 7:02am

I think the croc was very intelligent to have got the shark on land to suffocate it. Poor shark though he didn't have a chance in hell. If that shark were bigger and killed the croc i would have said the same thing about the croc. This croc must have killed sharks before to have been able to do it again easily. I would love to see this myself one day even though i love sharks. Oh, i almost forgot... SAVE THE SHARKS!! :)
   comment# 4   - Anne Marie · Wadesville, IN USA · Jun 14, 2008 @ 3:37pm

I almost couldn't imagine a shark that small trying to even attempt to eat the crocodile. I imagine it would be really difficult to get a shark and crocodile of the same size to want to kill each other for food.
   comment# 5   - Alex · Honolulu, HI · Aug 2, 2008 @ 6:53pm

how did the croc get the shark,when the shark lives in salt water and the croc dosn't?
   comment# 6   - destiny · n.c. · Sep 30, 2008 @ 2:36pm

The crocodile which you see in the the picture with the shark in it's mouth is the saltwater crocodile which is the world's largest living reptile and can reach lenghts of 25ft plus is equally home in both fresh and saltwater including the open ocean and the pelagic zone.
   comment# 7   - gooch515@gmail.c · india · Oct 13, 2008 @ 9:58am

I must say that you are very fortunate to have seen this happen... Nature is indeed amazing.... Which of the two species is faster in the water tho?
   comment# 8   - Omer abderoof · South Arica · Nov 11, 2008 @ 11:13pm

There was a recent battle with a 23ft salt water croc and a 23ft great white. The shark was nearly twice the crocs weight. The croc had the initial advantage, however had to surface for air when the shark missing a pectoral fin the croc had bitten off attacked from below and bit through the crocs soft underbody. This happened up the top end (Northern Territory).
   comment# 9   - Wayne SHAW · AUSTRALIA · Apr 20, 2009 @ 7:23pm

I beleive the crocodile will win! I say this because if the croc. ever did a death roll and the shark is belly up! The shark is basically dead because the shark is stunned! Killer whales/ Orcas use techinque like this to flip sharks, sting rays, and large fish belly up and eat them! Plus crocodiles have the world's strongest bite force (4000ibs per square inch). Also if a shark got bit at the gill, it's basically dead also! Which means bull, white, tigers, and etc. wouldn't stand a chance the fact the crocodile have more weak spot than a crocodile! Sharks are AMAZING creatures (my favorite shark is a tiger shark!), Crocodiles are still better than sharks! Even if the shark and the crocodile is the same size, the croc. will still have enough strength to drag it up to shore without letting go of the shark, but if the shark is bigger, than the shark will not be dragged out to the shore. Pictures may show crocodiles with young sharks, you probably ask it's just a young, I say it is because young sharks are prefered instead! But if a male croc. is protecting his land, the crocodile is aggressive during the time. He will chase or kill anything in its land! Crocodiles are known to eat snakes(venoumous or constricter), turtles, fish, birds, and etc.(anything basically)! This makes crocodiles amazing and awesome creatures! Therefore I say crocodiles will win sharks (I would say more but, I'm running out of characters!!! Sharks and Crocodiles are amazing creatures!
   comment# 10   - spino3expert1896 · minneapolis,MN · Nov 1, 2010 @ 2:37pm

I saw this and I had to coment ofcourse they can stop being worried about the sharks but with the zise of that croc I wurent be to calm about it that this is like 10 foot long or even biguer. I Completly agreewith some of the coments the croc would win just because hes stronguer
   comment# 11   - SuperHansonLover1 · Puerto Rico · Jan 17, 2011 @ 8:53pm

Call me crazy but those "pictures" look photoshopped.....like seriously doctored.
   comment# 12   - Anon · Melb, Aus · Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:43am

ITS FANTASTIC TO SEE TO GREAT PREDATORS,BOTH HIGHLY DANGEROUS,IN THEIR RESPECTED ENVIROMENTS,THE SHARK HAS ITS ON LINE OF DEFENCE HOWEVER I THINK THE CROC AND ITS MASSIVE JAWS WON AT THE END.GREAT PICS!
   comment# 13   - desmond · south africa · Sep 29, 2011 @ 4:29am

I don't think the croc is going on land 2 kill the shark? More likely to be able to eat it. They still can drown & need to open there mouth. I think it's just to eat the shark!
   comment# 14   - Grant G · Darwin Oz · Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:07am

Salty salt water! By the way to the comments That are full of Dunn ! I'm pretty sure you don't Have great whites in the north of Oz I think they inhabit Colder waters?
   comment# 15   - Grant G · NT · Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:18am

with a bite force of 3900 - 4000 lbs , the croc could give a very powerful bite in the white shark's head &kill it very easily .
   comment# 16   - ashish · india · Sep 17, 2013 @ 5:58am
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