Monster croc attack caught on film
THIS is the dramatic moment when Steve McEwan readily admits his heart skipped a beat.
The Coffs Harbour reptile expert was recently barramundi fishing on the Northern Territory’s Mary River – home to the biggest population of saltwater crocs in the world – when this four-metre, 400 kilogram monster lunged out of the water next to his dinghy.
Earlier in the day the crocodile had tried its luck when another angler was trying to land his fish and Steve hoped he and his companions would have the same experience.
They were just about to move on when Steve’s mate, Craig Adams, hooked a fish and the hungry croc appeared up close and personal.
Steve was lucky enough to snap his camera at exactly the right time.
“It’s a big head coming out of the water right next to your boat but we knew he was there,” Steve said.
“We knew it was only going for the fish. It would go under the water when it saw your rod bend and would try to get an easy meal.”
Steve says he and his mates weren’t stirring up the crocodile and he’s glad the encounter happened.
“It’s good to get it out there because people can get complacent when they’re fishing in crocodile country,” he said.
“They catch a fish and put their hand over the boat and that’s how people get killed by crocs, and that’s when crocodiles get hunted down.”
Steve’s stunning photo is now appearing on websites across the country and he’s become quite the celebrity with several interviews with national news organisations.
On his next fishing expedition a week later with his teenage son, Matt, a 2.5 metre salty became hooked on Steve’s lure.
“I wanted my lure back so we had to get him aboard,” he said.