Photography Cruise - Saltwater Croc Eats Foal
It is not every day you get to witness nature at it's rawest, especially when it comes to the saltwater crocodile feeding but I was lucky enough to witness a possible once in a life time event.
I was conducting one of my photography tours on Yellow Water Billabong at Cooinda Lodge in Kakadu National Park when I noticed a horse acting strangely about 30metres back from the bank. We took the boat in closer for a better look and that's when I noticed a 4.5m saltie laying under a freshwater mangrove. Initially I thought he was watching the mother horse.
After a period of time I realised the horse had given birth, but the foal must have been still born and was lying in the grass about 20m from the croc. There was only going to be one outcome so we waited, and eventually the croc moved up the bank and the mother horse retreated as there was nothing that could be done.
Saltwater Crocodile grabbing the stillborn foal.
Returning to the billabong with his prey.
Saltie entering Yellow Water Billabong with the foal.
We followed the saltwater crocodile at a safe distance as it headed across to shallower water. We were in a 12 metre boat and considerably larger than the croc, but it was intent on it's direction and not worried about us at all.
Crossing the South Alligator River with his prey firmly clamped in his mouth.
A few times it disappeared underwater only to return to the surface a few minutes later still with it's prey firmly in his mouth. At one stage all we could see was the foal itself.
Saltie moving past the boat with the foal in full view.
4.5m saltwater crocodile with foal.
Resting in the shallows of Yellow Water Billabong
We watched the croc take his prey into an area where we could not take the boat. Overall the events took about 20 minutes to unfold. Whilst it was not graphic and brutal, it was one of those moments where you get an insight into nature doing what it does to survive.
As reported by the Nt News http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/im-so-hungry-i-could-eat-a-horse-huge-croc-attacks-foal/story-fnk0b1zt-1226991412287