Man claiming to have supernatural powers over crocodiles gets killed by one

A man in Indonesia claiming to have supernatural powers over crocodiles believed he would be safe to swim the waters of an estuary in search of a crocodile attack victim but became a victim himself.

Suprianto claimed to be a pawing buaya, a "shaman" who has supernatural control over crocodiles. He was chanting mantras while swimming and searching for the body of a man named Arjuna, who had been attacked by a crocodile the day before, according to Coconuts Jakarta.

The video shows Suprianto suddenly getting pulled underwater, though the crocodile is not visible. The Daily Mail reported on the tragedy and posted the disturbing video.

The tragedy occurred Saturday in Muara Jawa, a sub-district of Kutai Kartanegara.

"We have recovered the two [bodies] on Sunday," Kutai Kartanegara police chief Fadillah Zulkarnaen told Detik, according to Coconuts Jakarta. "The shaman [Suprianto] was found floating in Muara Jawa at 9:40 p.m. His body is still whole.

"I think he was dragged by a croc under the water and then ran out of oxygen. From the pictures I've seen, his body is still intact, his arms and legs are still there."

Arjuna's body also was discovered intact.

There was another fatal crocodile attack in Rokan Hilir, Riau, on Monday, according to Coconuts Jakarta. And in July, a man was killed by a crocodile in Kalimantan.

One expert believes the recent rise in crocodile attacks in Indonesia coincides with the reptiles' mating season, when they are extra aggressive in protecting their turf.

Hellen Kurniati, a researcher at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences, told Coconuts Jakarta that "it's more likely that crocodiles will attack humans encroaching on their territory but not consume them for food since their appetites are low during mating season."

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