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Man escapes crocodile attack in Australia

SYDNEY: A man who accidently snorkeled headfirst into a crocodile in northern Australia escaped with minor injuries as wildlife officers Monday worked to track down the reptile. The croc, measuring up to two metres (6.5 feet), “reacted defensively” when the swimmer “inadvertently” swum into it on Sunday near popular Lizard Island in Queensland state. “The...

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 24, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 24, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Man escapes crocodile attack in Australia

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SYDNEY: A man who accidently snorkeled headfirst into a crocodile in northern Australia escaped with minor injuries as wildlife officers Monday worked to track down the reptile.

The croc, measuring up to two metres (6.5 feet), “reacted defensively” when the swimmer “inadvertently” swum into it on Sunday near popular Lizard Island in Queensland state.

“The man suffered minor cuts and abrasions to his head and was treated for his non-life threatening injuries on the island,” a department of environment spokesperson said.

“Wildlife officers are travelling to the area and will search the area for the crocodile responsible.”

The waters surrounding Lizard Island are a known hotspot for crocs with signs in the area cautioning swimmers of the threat.

In a separate incident Sunday, a crocodile was found decapitated near Innisfail in Queensland, promoting authorities to warn it was illegal to kill the reptiles.

“Based on an initial inspection, the four metre animal appears to have been deceased for some time,” the department spokesperson said.

“(The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) would like to remind the public that it is illegal to deliberately interfere with, harm or kill crocodiles without authorization.” – APP

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