Incredible moment a crocodile snatches bat out of the air mid-flight and devours it with its massive jaws
- Incredible footage reveals the moment a saltwater crocodile captures a bat
- Crocodile named Dusty Rose launched out of river and snatched the mammal
- Video filmed at Daintree River near Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland
- Local tour guide said he had never seen one of the reptiles catch a bat before
A gigantic crocodile has launched itself out of a river and snatched a bat out of the air to the delight of tourists.
Crocodile tour guide David White captured the jaw-dropping moment on the Daintree River in Far North Queensland.
Video of the dramatic kill shows the crocodile grab the low-flying bat in one swift movement before roughly chewing the mammal in its sharp jaws.
Incredible footage filmed on the Daintree River has shown the moment a gigantic crocodile launches out of a river and snatches a bat out of thin air (pictured)
Mr White said in 25 years of working on the river he had never seen a crocodile manage to get hold of a bat before.
‘I have been working on the Daintree River for 25 years and seen the bats skimming the water many times,’ the tour guide told Storyful.
He explained the bats wet their chests in the river before hanging in trees and sucking the moisture out of their fur to drink.
Mr White said it was amazing to see the expert kill right in front of his eyes.
‘It gives you an appreciation of their awesome speed, skill and accuracy,’ he said.
The tour guide said the giant crocodile, nicknamed Dusty Rose, showed ‘unbelievable precision’ as she jumped for the bat.
Video of the dramatic kill shows the crocodile trap the low-flying bat in one swift moment before roughly chewing the mammal in its sharp jaws (pictured)
‘She had to work out where to place herself in this wide river and usually she hunts on the edge, then with unbelievable precision she jumps,’ he wrote on Facebook.
‘Over the years I have talked to many scientists and I agreed with then that this river is far too wide for the crocs to be successful in catching a bat. Well boy was I wrong.’
Far North Queensland is home to about 30,000 crocodiles who live relatively close to humans with about 70 adults believed to be in the Daintree River.
The area is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Cairns Airport with crocodile tours a favourite activity in the region.
Far North Queensland is home to roughly 30,000 crocodiles who live relatively close to humans with about 70 adults believed to be living in the Daintree River (pictured)
There are strict guidelines for seeing the territorial reptiles with only professional tour companies allowed to seek out the terrifying creatures.
The Daintree River is one of the oldest and most popular natural attractions in Australia and rises in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.
The river is rich in flora and fauna and located about 100km from Cairns in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland.
WHAT IS A SALTWATER CROCODILE?
- It is the largest of all living reptiles, growing up to 6m in length and up to a tonne in weight
- Typically remain motionless and camouflaged for very long periods, and are often mistaken for a partially submerged log
- Able to propel itself through the water at surprising speed up to speeds of around 18km/h
- With eyes and nostrils on top of its head, it can remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water
- Distinguished by its large size, bulk and wide rounded snout
- Mouth contains 40-60 large teeth designed to rip flesh off prey as food is swallowed whole
- Strictly carnivorous, it eats fish, birds, and even wallabies, water buffalo, cattle, flying foxes, crabs and turtles that venture near the water’s edge
- Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole
- When hunting prey, they lie in wait, partially submerged or completely underwater
- Inhabit the mangrove swamps, coastal marshes, and river mouths, around the top of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
- The saltwater crocodile can live up to 70 years old
Source: Australian Reptile Park