Woman risks life scaring away threatening crocodile in reckless moment; video

Jonathan Nadji, a senior ranger in Australia's Kakadu National Park, sees a lot of stupidity at Cahill's Crossing, where deadly saltwater crocodiles are abundant and tourists are urged to stay clear.

The latest example of stupidity was captured in video last month by crocodile enthusiast Lyndon Anlezark, who told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We could have had a death there that day."

Anlezark's video shows a woman and her dog at the edge of the cement road at Cahill's Crossing that enters the East Alligator River.

He said the presence of the small dog "sets the instinct off immediately in the crocodile."

"One crocodile went straight over another crocodile and straight towards her," Anlezark told ABC.

The woman holds her ground as the oblivious dog walks behind her. Then she takes off one of her flip-flops, waves at the crocodile and slaps it against her hand, a movement that fortunately prompted the crocodile to do a U-turn.

"You don’t go near the crossing with small children especially, and definitely not with animals at all," Anlezark told ABC.

Nadji witnessed the only fatal attack at Cahill's Crossing, in 1987. With fishermen regularly warned not to fish near the water's edge and people like the woman in the video thinking they are invincible, it's only a matter of time another fatality occurs.

"I see a lot of stupidity, people not thinking," Nadji told ABC.

Cahill's Crossing in Australia has an abundance of crocodiles. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Cahill’s Crossing in Australia has an abundance of crocodiles. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Nadji is among those who propose building another viewing platform on the western side of the river.

"We can put a platform like this on the other side and also that can be a fishing spot and all that because a lot of people tend to go and fish off the rocks and that’s where a lot of the crocs hang around," he said.

In a recent survey of a near-four-mile stretch south of Cahill Crossing, more than 120 crocodiles were spotted. Dozens hang out near the crossing at the end of each dry season to feed on fish, thus increasing the risk.

"There is a minority of people that will ignore the dangers and place themselves in a situation where a big, dangerous predator will grab you and eat you," Northern Territory ranger Gary Lindner told ABC.

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