How a Croc Whisperer Expertly Sent Massive Salt into the Ocean After It Started Chasing It — and Explains Exactly Why It Thinks It Was Prey in the First Place
- David McMahon faced a crocodile
- He filmed the meeting to teach others
- Wildlife expert has 10 years of experience
A wildlife expert has revealed how he sent a massive crocodile running back into the ocean after starting out as big as a prey.
David McMahon was collecting snails along a remote stretch of the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory on March 17 when he noticed a giant reptile sizing up from afar in the clear salt water.
The wildlife veteran, who has 10 years’ experience working with some of Australia’s deadliest animals, grabbed his phone to film what happened, explaining why it was considered prey.
McMahon then revealed how he managed to turn the tables on the creeper in seconds.
“While I’m sitting on the ground like this, I’m a potential prey item,” Mr. McMahon said in the video, “but within a second here when I stand up, I transform from potential prey to potential threat.”
David McMahon was collecting snails when he filmed a crocodile biting him as prey (pictured)
Mr. McMahon (pictured) has worked with alligators in and out of captivity for more than 10 years
Mr. McMahon is a naturalist and has worked in both education and management of captive crocodiles but said he still respects the dangers they pose.
“If crocodiles don’t scare you, something is wrong,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“Alligators are opportunistic predators and in order to stay safe all you have to do is waste the opportunity.”
In the video posted online, Mr. McMahon showed how quickly the crocodile moved away after it asserted its dominance.
While Mr. McMahon had the upper hand and was able to spot the crocodile in shallow, clear water, he said things would have been much different if it had been in a deep or murky river.
“In a muddy riverbank it was all over before I even knew what was going on,” he said.
Mr. McMahon said he had a number of terrifying experiences with alligators.
“[One night] I was with a few mates in a small boat along the coast of Arnhem Land and we were woken up at 3am by a large crocodile chewing on the bottom of the boat.
We checked the water for crocodile eye glitter, but it wasn’t until he came back an hour later and did it again.
We managed to spear the crocodile in the tail before it drowned us, then left us alone for the rest of the sleepless night.
David McMahon was collecting snails along a remote stretch of coast in Arnhem Land (pictured) in the Northern Territory when he noticed the apex predator getting closer
Mr. McMahon (pictured) is a naturalist and has worked in both education and management of captive crocodiles
Mr. McMahon is a strong supporter of protecting crocodiles in remote areas because they are the main predator in the area and naturally regulate the ecosystem.
Besides the environmental benefits of preserving the 160-million-year-old species, it also brings in large numbers of tourists eager to see the national symbol.
Mr. McMahon uses his expertise to help educate others on how to stay safe around alligators, and even make them Documentary series and films about his travels through the jungle.
“When you are in crocodile country,” he said, “keep your wits about you and stay out of the water.”
Crocodiles are hard to miss in crystal clear waters, but in dark rivers you may not see them until it’s too late, warned Mr McMahon (pictured the Adelaide River in Darwin)
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