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Giant Aussie crocodile stalked tourist for two weeks

September 6, 2013 DESTINATION, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A visitor to Western Australia’s far north coast spent a fearful and sleepless two weeks on a remote tropical island as an enormous crocodile six metres long relentlessly hunted him down.

It’s a predicament that Crocodile Dundee, or perhaps Captain Hook, would understand. Fortunately, the latest story has a happy ending. A resident of Kalumburu rescued the tourist, a kayaker from 250x250TICBannerNew Zealand.

The rescuer, Don MacLeod, told the gripping story on the ABC’s Rural Report program. He recounted how he spotted a light on uninhabited Governor Island last weekend, which led him to investigate and, by chance, come across the hapless Kiwi tourist.

A boat had dropped the tourist off with some food and water, so he could explore in his kayak. An unwelcome guest turned up in the form of a huge crocodile, more or less imprisoning the tourist on the island. The man was reluctant to leave because he feared the stalking reptile would eat him when he neared the water, or soon afterwards.

The stranded Kiwi kayaker’s attempts to alert passing boats failed.

After being recued by MacLeod in a larger boat, the Kiwi is reported to be resting before starting a new job at the Kalumburu general store. Kalumburu (formerly Drysdale River Mission) is the northernmost settlement in Western Australia.

The dauntless MacLeod is no stranger to giant crocs. A day after the rescue, he was helping another man whose boat had been attacked and holed by a crocodile, the ABC reported. MacLeod helped fix the holes with putty.

NT CrocAlarmingly, MacLeod says interactions with crocodiles in the region are becoming more common.

“Nowadays, there’s more and more people coming and they’re losing their fear, and that’s where you have these incidents unfortunately,” he told the broadcaster.

The traditional, instinctive human fear of large crocodiles is in fact well founded. For those who wish to survive in crocodile country, the moral could be: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. Thanks Peter for another darkly humorous piece.. we are all laughing in the office! A good start to Friday 🙂

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