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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