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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Jessie Tol­son

IT’S a croc-eat-croc world out there - es­pe­cially on the Dain­tree River.

Pas­sen­gers on board a re­cent So­lar Whis­per Wildlife Cruise were treated some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, when they wit­nessed a two-me­tre sali­vat­ing saltie munch­ing on a much smaller ju­ve­nile croc.

So­lar Whis­per owner David White said the croc nick­named Eric (or Erica, the croc is too young to be able to tell the sex) was fish­ing along the edge of the river bank.

‘‘Eric was swim­ming and fish­ing along the edge of the mud, prob­a­bly wait­ing for fish or crabs to move, and act­ing nor­mal, so we kept on mov­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘When we came back past we saw him with a much smaller 2011-model baby croc­o­dile in his mouth.’’

Mr White said tour guides on the river don’t name the young croc­o­diles un­til they reach the age of around six be­cause they be­come too at­tached to them and they may not sur­vive.

‘‘He had ob­vi­ously killed it and was at­tempt­ing to swal­low it but it was just a lit­tle too big, so he swam away with it,’’ he said.

‘‘When we saw him a few days later he had a big belly so he must have fin­ished it.’’

Mr White said he did not be­lieve Eric’s de­ci­sion to pick on his smaller cousin was per­sonal.

‘‘I don’t think it was a ter­ri­to­rial thing, he would have been hun­gry, saw some­thing move and just made a grab at it,’’ he said.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter what it is, if a croc sees some­thing move they will go for it.

‘‘It prob­a­bly hap­pens quite of­ten but we just don’t really see it.

‘‘Those on board So­lar Whis­per loved it.’’

SNACK TIME: Eric the croc­o­dile bites off more than he can chew

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