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THE dev­as­tated owner of an Akubra has had to watch on in de­spair as a 5m Ter­ri­tory saltie chomped on his prized hat.

Damian “The Wild­man” Duffy was host­ing a Spec­tac­u­lar Jumping Croc­o­dile Tour on Friday af­ter­noon when a gust of wind blew the Akubra off his nog­gin.

The stunned Mr Duffy and his boat load of tourists’ at­ten­tion was then drawn to the mas­sive saltie which lurked in the Ade­laide River’s muddy water about 100m away. Mr Duffy said the brown coloured hat piqued the croc’s in­ter­est.

“Crocodiles get cu­ri­ous when there’s some­thing dif- fer­ent in the water. He was a good 100m away. There was no hes­i­ta­tion, he just grabbed it,” he said. His at­tempts to splash a stick in the water in a bid to scare off the croc failed.

He said the pas­sen­gers didn’t share the same sense of dev­as­ta­tion as he did.

“They were pretty amused.”

Mr Duffy said he held some hope the croc may have let his hat go and it may wash up on a muddy river bank.

Picture: SUP­PLIED

An Ade­laide River croc­o­dile took a bite of Damian Duffy's brand new Akubra

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