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No Bull: Saltwater Crocodile Eats Shark

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DARWIN, Australia -- An extraordinary encounter between two of nature’s most fearsome man-eaters has been photographed by an amateur fisherman.

Indrek Urvet said that he watched in astonishment as a four-metre (13ft) saltwater crocodile made swift work of a much-smaller bull shark by the remote Daly River in the Northern Territory. “I just saw this big croc come charging out of the water with a shark flapping in its jaws. I turned my boat to take some photos. Suddenly the croc saw me. He turned around and came shooting towards me.”

Mr Urvet, who said that fishermen on the river frequently lost their catch to the bull sharks before they could reel it in, retreated and watched from a safer distance as the crocodile devoured the metre-long shark.

Bull sharks, which grow to 3.5m, are known to be highly aggressive and, unlike other marine sharks, can dwell for extended periods in both fresh and saltwater.

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another croc and bull story...
   comment# 1   - al fresco · canada · Aug 14, 2007 @ 11:51am

Would have been a much more interesting "battle of the beasts" had the bull shark been fully grown...
   comment# 2   - Gypsy · Tacoma, WA - USA · Aug 14, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Crocodiles eat sharks all the time in brackish rivers, this is nothing new.
   comment# 3   - Ray · Queensland · Aug 14, 2007 @ 12:31pm

How pathetic. What a waste. Didnt that croc know that sharks are endangered, they are the apex predators and need to be protected. I guess PETA needs to protest crocodiles now.
   comment# 4   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Aug 14, 2007 @ 8:22pm

I wonder who would win? - A full size version of each species facing off in an olympic sized swimming pool??
   comment# 5   - Nick Forkmeister · Hull · Aug 14, 2007 @ 8:42pm

It's so unfair!Ay first I thought the crocodile killed a bull shark like its size. Well,no climax...
   comment# 6   - Kerly · Malaysia · Aug 15, 2007 @ 11:45pm

c'mon ray, go to joke school...
   comment# 7   - al fresco · canada · Aug 16, 2007 @ 12:06pm

wonderful? i am short of words, but they are from the same family, i mean predators.
   comment# 8   - obinna · nigeria · Aug 30, 2007 @ 9:20pm

wow is the only thing i can say
   comment# 9   - perrez · nassau bahamas · Sep 5, 2007 @ 12:57pm

Holy scat...
   comment# 10   - speedy · pittsburgh · Sep 25, 2007 @ 7:51am

i reckon that croc is stupid because it ate a poor innocent shark. its like a adult man eating a helpless baby. im gonna bash that croc
   comment# 11   - t pain vs croc · sydney · Jan 13, 2008 @ 8:12pm

this fight isn't fair. The croc ate a small shark less than half its size. its like a adult man eating a baby
   comment# 12   - les · sydney · Jan 13, 2008 @ 8:16pm

I'm hungry.
   comment# 13   - Hose Ricardo · Panama City, Panama · Jan 21, 2008 @ 6:13pm

Crocodile jaws are far more powerful than shark jaws and at up to 9 meters the Indo-pacific croc is larger than the biggest predatory shark. This twiddler was just a snack.
   comment# 14   - Richard Freeman · England · Feb 13, 2008 @ 9:05am

Up to 9 meters!? The biggest saltwater crocodile ever recorded was 7m. I agree in this story the bull was just a snack, but let's not exaggerate *too* much. ;)
   comment# 15   - Sheamus · England · Mar 14, 2008 @ 5:22pm

The saltie would pretty much hold its own against any shark, other than the great white of course. Whitey has 2-3 times the bulk, and infinitely better stamina.
   comment# 16   - Matthew Millican · Gresham, OR · Apr 23, 2008 @ 1:50pm

The Largest Bull sharks may weigh many hundreds of pounds 800 to be speciefic and measure 8 feet while The Largest Saltwater Crocodiles weigh 1 to 2 tons 2,000 to 4,000 pounds and measure 27 possibly 30 feet long.
   comment# 17   - Antonio · Randolph,New Jersey · May 23, 2008 @ 1:15pm

That was very interesting. I would hate to know what else an croc could do since is can aparently kill one of the many feared sharks that are out in the ocean.
   comment# 18   - bob · orlando florida · Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:15pm

Must have been good eating to swallow that much BULL.
   comment# 19   - BIG AL · ENGLAND · Jun 24, 2008 @ 9:30am

I think the saltwater crocodile is king of the ocean because they eat sharks,sqiuds,killer whales, and sea turtles
   comment# 20   - thomas hamilton · pittsbugh PA · Sep 6, 2008 @ 8:54am

The largest bull sharks reach 6-8ft long and weigh 600-800 pounds while the largest saltwater crocodiles may reach on average 14-16ft with occasional 18ft and 23-27ft being exremly rare. Hey Sheamus saltwater crocodiles could have reached 30ft in the past how do you now he is over estimating? There is a skull in the Harved biological institute that is 5ft 6inches and could have come from an animal between 27ft and 30ft so the complete skeleton could have measured 28ft 5inches.
   comment# 21   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Oct 4, 2008 @ 12:48pm

   comment# 22   - Capt. Austin · Bayou La Batre, Alabama, U.S.A. · Oct 23, 2008 @ 7:47pm

crocs king of the ocean?! not true orcas and great whites can kill them easy and they are faster than them
   comment# 23   - ray mendoza · los angeles,california · Oct 26, 2008 @ 1:19pm

Great whites have been reported to infrequently kill salt water crocs. There's no way a croc would tackle a fully grown great white, no way! When you've cage dived with great whites and seen them up close, their speed, power and the size of the mouth...its awesome, a croc wouldn't stand a chance.
   comment# 24   - Marino · Melbourne, Australia · Nov 2, 2008 @ 1:36am

Wow! I hate sharks, so yay crocodile
   comment# 25   - Lici · Lakewood, Us · Nov 24, 2008 @ 8:04am

go croc!!!!!!!! i hate sharks so go croc again! oh and a bull shark and a saltwater croc about the same size queston the croc would win :-)
   comment# 26   - the animal tamer · sarasota · Dec 17, 2008 @ 4:19pm

Orcas are the true super predators of the ocean. When in pods, they can kill and eat blue whales, and when alone, they can and will eat sharks, crocs, dolphins, seals, big fish like tuna, etc. Sperm whales too. They eat GIANT SQUID.
   comment# 27   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 18, 2008 @ 9:02am

your right pres. you win the big prize! orcas rule them all, even the great white. if needed, prob. for protecting young or ?, they will make a meal of the big whites. plus they have an actual real, thinking, developed brain which gives them all the adv. they need over the stupid survival mode whites.
   comment# 28   - tim · oklahoma · Dec 26, 2008 @ 1:08am

crocs kill sharks all the so I'm not surprised.
   comment# 29   - ronaldinho · ojai.california · Jan 12, 2009 @ 9:29am

Are you kidding me? This wasn't fair? These are predators, they kill other things to survive. I am sure he wasn't thinking to himself "Hey look at that little shark, I think I will eat him to show him who is boss". He was hungry & the shark was there...end of story. As for guessing who is the best out of all of these species, that is difficult to tell. Research on each of these species, although improving everyday, is still incomplete. It is very difficult to track the animals, and even during research, it would be pure luck to witness an attack between apex predators such as these.
   comment# 30   - Cyn · Edmonton, AB Canada · Jan 22, 2009 @ 7:28pm

thats why crocs hang out in creeks and rivers to hide from the mighty white
   comment# 31   - cass · australia · Jan 22, 2009 @ 8:08pm

that shark is not a meter. it is much smaller
   comment# 32   - cj · basingstoke,england · Feb 20, 2009 @ 6:07am

I give it all to white(sharks) because looking @ the dentition white bite to crush and cut while crocs bite to tear.
   comment# 33   - Tomi joshua okunola · Lagos,Nigeria · Mar 7, 2009 @ 2:20am

that croc wouldnt stand a chance up against my missus jaws!!
   comment# 34   - tony · swindon,england · Mar 11, 2009 @ 12:13pm

It would harldy be fair to match these two predators one on one, they have completly different types of attack... in a murky dark river u would back a croc, the open ocean u would have to back the bull shark it all depends where it is
   comment# 35   - KP · Tuggas, Australia · Mar 14, 2009 @ 5:49am

This is something like gold fish vs. King Cobra. I mean... like why would you think saltwater crocs are COOL if they matched against a puny bull shark. And Crocs dont eat all sharks. Great White Sharks would tear the crocs belly into pieces. Saltwater crocodile bite force- 2200 psi... Great White Shark bite force- 1800 psi... That's not a big difference. And i bet great whites are more agile and faster. I also bet the COOKIE CUTTER SHARK can kill the Saltwater since it's very small and have sharp teeth. Great White > Saltwater... Other puny sharks < Saltwater.
   comment# 36   - junmin park · south korea, busan · Mar 30, 2009 @ 3:40am

Whoa this croc is very impressive i won't eat a bull shark for diner.
   comment# 37   - Arno · Australia · Apr 6, 2009 @ 7:28pm

jeez, I guess I'm just stupid, but since when do sharks live in rivers? jesssssssssssssus, glad I live up here in boston, yeah, it's cold but no 30 foot crocs..yikes! along with all of other fun killing creatures waaaaaaaaaaay down under!!! whew!
   comment# 38   - stupid I guess · boston ma · Apr 11, 2009 @ 2:37pm

wow a Croc eating a shark how sad its nature get over it we kill thousonds of sharks each year but one croc killing one for food is so bad.
   comment# 39   - Craig · Australia · Apr 14, 2009 @ 6:49am

dude , even if fully-grown the shark would stand no chance, crocs are much stronger than sharks pound for pound, an even as an adult the croc is bigger than the bullshark.
   comment# 40   - Gianmario92 · Bari · Apr 15, 2009 @ 11:50am

A salt water croc and a great white shark would be a 50-50 encounter. Like all fish, the great white will only die instantly if it gets brian-damaged, otherwise it can go on fighting longer than the croc. Also the great white's jaws and teeth can really deliver the croc a fatal blow by attacking any vital part of its body. The croc can only deliver a fatal blow if it aims for the shark's skull. Once the croc grabs something in its mouth it won't let go until it is ripped apart, whereas the shark will let go of its victim if he doesn't like what he bites. Also the croc would have the physical ability and the intelligence to grab onto the shark in a way that he'd be able to attack the shark's head without being attacked, because the shark apart from his jaws he has no other combat tools. Overall I believe the great white is physically stronger and better adapted to water combat, but the crocodile would win because of its stubborn nature and superior intelligence. A shark would only fight in search for prey, otherwise he has no interest in attacking another animal, so he doesn't really know what "combat" is about, he knows knows "hunting". On the other hand a crocodile could attack just about any animal for whatever reason, be it steal its food or protect its territory or just because he was having a bad day, so he's both a hunter and a fighter. But a shark would never attack a crocodile because it could never mistake it fo
   comment# 41   - Asimos · Athens · Apr 22, 2009 @ 1:04pm

   comment# 42   - Steve and Jean · NEW MARSKE UK · Apr 26, 2009 @ 8:36am

What is with all the comments about Great Whites killing salt water crocs? While Crocs in the NT do move into the sea... these are warm waters... Great Whites dwell in cool temperate waters the two species do not co-exist... as for orcas (killer whales) killing them this too is preposterious
   comment# 43   - bbc_boy · melb australia · May 3, 2009 @ 8:13pm

youve got to be joking
   comment# 44   - joe · usa · May 13, 2009 @ 7:49am

Sharks are not stupid, especially great white one. They have several different hunting methods and can adapt if their prey animal changes its behavior in water. Shark brain is different than ours, but not small: sharks are more distant relatives to us than almost any other fish in the world, they have different brain "design" than mammals. As for which one wins the battle I would say shark. In deep sea shark is many times faster, more agile and has superior senses, so it could catch saltwater crock and kill it before it knows what happened. Even in shallow water where crock could lay onto bottom where it could surprise equally sized shark which swims over it it would have difficult time holding it because shark has bigger bulk, and if shark gets loose croc is in trouble. Great white has one of the biggest bite force of all currently living animals, much greater then crock, and shark teeth are made to cut pieces off its prey unlike crocks teeth. One bite and crock is dead (if shark chooses to hunt it, usually it would not). This of course is entirely fictional because, as bbc_boy said, both animals live in entirely different environments. If encounter happens then bigger and faster wins. In nature it is not uncommon that predatory animals kill other, smaller, predators if they can, but usually similar size predators are left alone because their usual preys are easier to catch and don't fight back so much. If you are a lion, why hunt cheetah if there is
   comment# 45   - Timo · Helsinki, Finland · May 29, 2009 @ 6:17am

Bite force of the Saltwater crocodile is about two tons and so it is Great Whites too. Differences are in teeths and shape of the mouth. Crock has very long snout, which means that it has lower bite pressure at the tip of the snout than root of the snout and it has relatively sharp long spherical teeths. That is made for capturing and holding the prey. Shark snout is round and short which means much higher pressure at the tip of the snout than croc, and it has sharper teeths which are flat triangular in shape with two serrated cutting edges. That is made for cutting the prey. There's the difference. BTW this "biting force" is pretty much irrelevant figure. Even humans can have 15 tons / inch^2 biting pressure, about 75%-85% of any shark or croc, but we still are very far from having "strongest bite" :-)
   comment# 46   - Timo · Helsinki, Finland · May 29, 2009 @ 7:39am

"jeez, I guess I'm just stupid, but since when do sharks live in rivers? jesssssssssssssus, glad I live up here in boston, yeah, it's cold but no 30 foot crocs..yikes! along with all of other fun killing creatures waaaaaaaaaaay down under!!! whew!" - stupid I guess boston ma Apr 11, 2009 @ 2:37pm Bull sharks are the only type of shark that can survive in fresh water for any amount of time. And as for living in Boston, in New Jersey in 1916 there were three shark attacks in a river. New evidence suggests that this was a bull shark as bull sharks have special physiological adaptations that enable them to live in fresh water. Their kidneys recycle the salt within their bodies and special glands, located near their tails, also aid in salt retention. Interesting bit of information!
   comment# 47   - Cyn · Edmonton, Canada · Jun 23, 2009 @ 2:14pm

These are some of the encounters that I would like to see,Grizzly bear/Croc,Male lion/Gorilla,Leopard/Baboon,Great White/Killer Whale,just to name a few.
   comment# 48   - Randall · Hartford,Conn. · Jun 27, 2009 @ 9:02am

as cool as it would be to watch a full grown croc fight a full grown shark its just really unlikely it would never happen simply because there is too much risk of being injured for both of them
   comment# 49   - Adrian · NJ,USA · Jun 29, 2009 @ 9:30am

crocodile rules shark are not better then crocodile
   comment# 50   - dh · austarlia · Jul 8, 2009 @ 3:15pm

coookie cutter would saw into a croc but wait...20 cookie cutter sharks would peel the flesh off one!!! great white would rip the crocodile to pieces even though a croc will manage to tear a fin or two off.
   comment# 51   - Patrick · Albany/US · Jul 11, 2009 @ 5:57pm

Not a chance that a great white would win. It doesn't even know what its eating half the time, just bites for the laugh of it. Trust me test biting a fully grown salt water croc would be the last thing it did. Although crocs have quite weak jaws, their bite force is around 1000lbs more than the sharks(2000lbs - 2500lbs vs a great whites 1500lbs - 2000lbs), and once its locked on, the death roll will finish anything thats left.
   comment# 52   - Chris · Wakefield / England · Aug 16, 2009 @ 6:35pm

orcas and sharks fight often and 9/10 times the orcas wins although if the shark get in a bite the orca may die later bothe the orca and the shark will inihalate the croc. :) conclusion orca>shark orca generaly wind orca>croc orca wins shark>croc shark wins soz crocs
   comment# 53   - geckodelta · london · Oct 2, 2009 @ 4:23am

the agression of the shark and the croc are similar so it would deend onthe size and experience of the two on which one would win
   comment# 54   - bigballsinyoface · columbia,us · Oct 14, 2009 @ 6:20pm

Saltwater crocodiles and great white sharks are two of the top predators in the food chain. I would not want to come across either one. A battle between saltie and whitie would be interesting. It depends how big the crocodile and shark are. The biggest salt croc can be up to 26 feet long along the coast of Indochina and the East Indy Islands north of Australia. It can weigh anywhere from 2000 to 4000 pounds. The biggest white shark can be up to 26 feet too and weigh 2000 to over 4000 pounds out in all the oceans. The saltwater crocodile's bite force is 2200 psi while the great white shark's bite force is 1800 psi. The salt croc has a more powerful bite than the white shark because of the difference in the jaws and teeth. The saltwater crocodile crushes it's prey due to large spike shaped teeth and a narrower set of jaws. The great white shark cuts it's prey due to large serrated teeth and a rounder set of jaws. The saltwater croc is a reptile which means it can only stay under water up to an hour. The great white is a fish which means it can breathe under water twenty four hours a day. This poses a disadvantage to the saltwater crocodile because it would have to come up to the surface for air leaving it's belly open to the white shark. The shark could easily bite through the croc's belly. On the other hand, the croc could strike first and encase the shark's head in it's jaws and crush the great white shark's head using the death roll.
   comment# 55   - Michael Felix · walnut creek, CA · Nov 1, 2009 @ 9:39am

thats awesome as and looks true
   comment# 56   - awesome · churchill australia · Nov 10, 2009 @ 4:59pm

This article has helped in my debating topic!! cheers
   comment# 57   - Georgie · Sydney, Australia · Nov 24, 2009 @ 3:31pm

i think tiger would take them
   comment# 58   - big tony · itsybitsy toyn · Nov 29, 2009 @ 12:34pm

i thought it would be a bigger shark then that but very big salt water croc.Not has big has sweethart.
   comment# 59   - kareem wellington · georgie sydney australia · Dec 6, 2009 @ 11:03am

Did you see the way that saltwater crocodille was eating that poor defenles baby bullshark.That was sad very very very sad.Well at lest I can prov Jese wrong.
   comment# 60   - Suzana Ortega · Flordida · Feb 23, 2010 @ 5:21pm

the great white would tear that croc to pieces
   comment# 61   - hte · fl · Feb 27, 2010 @ 7:46pm

Actually the record for both species are: saltwater crocodile-23ft 1.5 tons Great White 20.3ft 2 tons.The saltwater crocodile may not be as heavy but it's bite force of 3,000 pounds would mangle the shark like a sardine put through a meat grinder.
   comment# 62   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Mar 5, 2010 @ 1:37pm

You're all wrong. Neither the Croc nor the Great White stand a chance against the most feersum predator known to humanity: Chuck Norris. Let's face it, The wrath of the One True Chuck would result in both Crock and Great Whitey getting roundhoused to KerPowie!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah!
   comment# 63   - Jim · Singapore · Apr 11, 2010 @ 8:58am

Whoever says a shark would is not so smart.
   comment# 64   - Mike Chang. · Tyendinaga, Ont · Apr 28, 2010 @ 2:02pm

Crocs are living legend,they eat dinos back to d phestoric era.
   comment# 65   - Denskid30 · Phils. · Jun 3, 2010 @ 1:33am

Sweet i like the sound of animals killing each other COOL DUDE ROCK ON CYA
   comment# 66   - Shannon · Oakey · Sep 5, 2010 @ 5:41pm

what about a big crocodile fihting a great white shark
   comment# 67   - josh · australia · Sep 5, 2010 @ 5:46pm

Croc vs whites= Althought croc seems to grow bigger, it has a disadvantage in open sea waters. Croc teeth are for grabbing and to hold preys under water to drown it. Great whites have very sharp teeths and will sneak up on a croc from beneath and will rip off a big chunk of the croc leaving it disable. But it is possible that when the white grab a hold of a big croc, is possible that the croc biggest strength, the tail can swat the the white and inflict some damage. The fact is why salty's grow so big in open ocean? Dont mess with them.
   comment# 68   - IG · USA · Sep 11, 2010 @ 8:08pm

The baddest animal would have been if the croc had attacked the photographer and then a ranger came along with a rifle and made short work of the croc - BANG - dead. Great White comes along to see what's up - BANG - dead. Whale lifts its tail? BANG - dead. We rock.
   comment# 10   - Ben · Canada · Nov 2, 2010 @ 2:30pm

Crocodiles win! Don't care what ya'll say!
   comment# 70   - Brain · san diego, CA · Nov 10, 2010 @ 8:47am

seriously, a great white is powerful enought to take down a croc. The croc would put up a very nice fight though, but the Mighty great white would come out on top.
   comment# 71   - frycook488 · austraila · Dec 25, 2010 @ 10:34pm

A full grown 16-20 ft 2500-5000 pounds Great White Shark has no nature predators other man. There's been just one recorded instance where a full grown Orca apparently attacked and killed an unsuspecting sub adult 10-12 ft white shark (probably sick, injured, senses overloaded) no one knows. Regardless, Full Grown Great Whites aren't on the menu for any other predator (APEX predator). A Crocodile would stand no chance against a White Shark of equal or greater size. The Great White would sense it's presence way before, attack from the bottom and take a nice size chunk out of the Croc before it realized what the he'll just happened. The Great White would then come back to finish the Croc off after it bleed to death period. There's no way a Croc would nature have the upper hand on a Great White. That's just wishful thinking and totally not logical. Bite force readings don't are basically irrelevant when it comes to animals with teeth such as the White Shark. For one, it makes no sense to assume a Great White would bait down as hard as possible on a unnatural object. Regardless they don't need to bait down hard when their teeth are so sharp. Bite force readings are irrelevant and misleading. Crocs have blunt teeth (not sharp or serrated) so they NEED to bite down hard to hold down prey. However, just because a shark it's willing or for that matter stupid enough to bite down (on an unnatural object nonetheless) doesn't mean they can't possible gener
   comment# 72   - Eric · Winter springs, Florida · May 21, 2011 @ 5:23pm

Wow large croc kills baby bull shark I could have told you that. Have you ever seen great whites hunt seals off of seal island now that's impressive the great white is more agile powerful and believe it or not superior when it comes to intelligence a great white would tear this croc to pieces. They are the perfect predator only thing that messes with ol whitey is an orca but its never been proven but the point is great white is king. Also note a sharks teeth are like razors just a brush up against them would felay you open even a crocs armor. Tiger sharks bite through sea turtle shells like they aint nothing. Sorry croc go grab something your size.
   comment# 73   - Jason · atlanta ga · Jun 1, 2011 @ 1:48am

Wow orca vs salty Salt Woud win caues there Bite Persure and there Agreesizeness There the 2nd mose aggrize animal on earth so orca bye bye Bull shark al size can't kil a salt water and croc is the longest live animal on earth so they will out live bull,orca,great white none can kill them of course so they can't die so bye bll bye great white while there still alive no none shall beat the and the details are the bite persre is 4000 aint 400 or 1000
   comment# 74   - Salty · Nashvill Tennase · Jun 13, 2011 @ 7:45am

people thatthinks a great white would win is a retard crocs have been found with shark remains in their stomach perhaps fully groan great whites and i live with gators and crocs and they woud crush a shark silly most of the time so anybody got a espone reply if u think the shark will win
   comment# 75   - anonomys · florida,us · Jul 10, 2011 @ 6:07pm

saltys and great whites avoid one an other completely .and its not them you have worry about sea snakes can kill them both
   comment# 76   - jfridley · baltimore md · Aug 7, 2011 @ 5:24pm

Im not much of an expert on either reptile but i do now enough about crocodiles to say that they are very aggressive and with a bite of 2200 psi and its strength and speed. The salt water crocodile would win. Crocodiles have been around since the dinosaurs. I vote for the crocodile as he only has one natural enemy and that's man.
   comment# 77   - Tommy Wayne · San Diego , CA · Aug 10, 2011 @ 9:13am

I need to find out if salt water crocs live in salt water
   comment# 78   - Jordan · Australia · Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:07pm

Wow you all are stupid its a crocodile it is going to eat whatever it can!! Unlike us fat humans who just go and buy our food the crocodile has to burn energy to get its food! And yes sharks can live in rivers!!!! You peopleq need to do your research before commenting.......
   comment# 79   - animal girl · colorado · Aug 17, 2012 @ 9:26pm

Looks like the sharks getting the bite put on it this time
   comment# 80   - Spurwing Plover · · Sep 12, 2012 @ 9:38am

If a salt water crocodile was to fight either an Orca or Great White shark of the same size as itself in the ocean the winner would largely depend on who connected first with the big first bite. All three animals are capable of immense bite pressure and carnage and therefore can kill eachother. It's kind of like big gangsters all have loaded shotguns. Whoever hits the other center of mass first wins. The Orca with it's sonar may have an advantage in identifying an enemy sooner than the other two though. I'm not sure who would be second best in senses but I know the sharks and crocodiles are good at picking up movement and vibration since they often hunt at night. A very interesting hypothetical!
   comment# 81   - Michael · Anchorage, Alaska · Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:35am

A croc kills by clasping and rotating itself in what's called "the death roll". With a cow it may take it by the head when it's drinking at a tidal river and after 1 roll the neck is broken and spinal ligaments twisted, muscle torn etc. On the second roll the neck muscles are separated from the spine and the outer skin resembles a cotton towel twisted (as when one wrings out a wet towel down the beach). By the third roll the cow's body is only attached to its head by a cord of skin resembling rope, and a few more rolls separates it from the body. Often the croc will eat the other limbs after separating them in similar manner and because they are swallow-able, and then it will swim with the torso and wedge it under an underwater crevasse or ledge near its lair to decompose until the flesh can be easily torn and swallowed in large segments. The great white kills by severance with sharp teeth and a sideways shaking of its head. If a croc were to grab a great white by the head and do a death roll, the whole of the shark 's body would rotate likewise, thus, the croc's technique of killing is inappropriate against a great white, and most likely the great shark, if it is of similar size, would sustain some scarring, but shake itself free and either flee, or if its really hungry, take a bite and realize that the crocs skin is tough and requires a hell of a lot of sideways head movement by which time the croc has panicked and thrashed around tearing out some of the great whites teeth
   comment# 82   - Stevo · Alice Springs · Mar 17, 2015 @ 10:38am
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