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18-foot crocodile 'Brutus,' bull shark clash in Australian river



By Dan Mennella

A clash between fierce prehistoric beasts in an Australian river left tourists stunned on Tuesday, AFP reported.

An 18-foot crocodile, known to locals as Brutus, went after a much smaller bull shark in the Adelaide River, and as you can see in these photos, the massive reptile emerged victorious. The showdown was photographed by tourist Andrew Paice of Sydney, who was on a tour boat with his partner, Nikki, and 7-year-old daughter.

It wasn't their first look at Brutus, Paice told ABC News.

"Earlier, we saw an 18-foot male crocodile known as Brutus leaping out of the water to eat a piece of buffalo meat held out on a pole to them."
Jaws Vs. Claws: Croc Takes Down Shark Like You've Never Seen Before

The feeding stunt is billed is a tourist attraction, and photos of it have been cropping up for several years. Brutus is known to tour guides, and is thought to be about 80. He's missing a leg and many teeth, ABC reported.

But the showdown on Tuesday, which occurred when the boat was on its way back to port, was anything but scripted.

"I thought it was a [fish] or something," Paice said. "Then the guide took the boat in for a closer look and behold ... it was a shark."

Paice's daughter was "awestruck" by the encounter, he said, and even the tour guides were surprised.

"Our tour guides, Morgan and Harry, have been doing this for 30 years, and they have never seen anything like this."

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sutt202 August 06 2014 at 9:39 PM

The croc is almost 3 times as big as the shark. Of course he was going to win.

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rwdrakepi August 06 2014 at 10:45 PM

What a dumb headline, they made it sound like the battle of the ages. That shark had about as much chance as a mouse against a rattlesnake

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I LOVE YOU JENNY August 06 2014 at 8:56 PM

That is what Hillary will do to the GOP in 2016!!!!!!!!

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beardg August 06 2014 at 8:31 PM

He didn't live to 80 years old by being a *****.

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David August 06 2014 at 8:40 PM

Wasn't this a movie on the SyFy channel ?

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roseyoungstewart David August 07 2014 at 12:53 AM

you cracked me up with that one i had to read it three times to figure it out...Science fiction equals sci-fi

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chrisf0047 roseyoungstewart August 07 2014 at 2:32 AM

The SyFy cable channel used to be the sci-fi channel until someone there thought it would be cute to change the name to reflect the spoken words. It still means the same thing.

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Viper1ex19 August 06 2014 at 8:42 PM

A shark getting bitten?

How ironic...

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roseyoungstewart Viper1ex19 August 07 2014 at 12:56 AM

hehehehehe a shark getting bit?is the best way to write it. well call me what you want but at your age, you should know.

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ofleck roseyoungstewart August 07 2014 at 9:16 AM

At your age you should know how to use capitals to start your sentences!
*Hehehe
*Is
*Well
Glass house/stones!!!

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Toray99 August 06 2014 at 10:30 PM

Dang...I was hoping the shark would win. Would like to see what a Great White Shark would do to a Salt Water Crocodile...hmmm

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Hans August 06 2014 at 8:48 PM

Never learned to pick on someone his own size...no contest!

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EzinWy August 06 2014 at 10:40 PM

That's one big croc !!!

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armandsmith EzinWy August 07 2014 at 2:19 AM

Thats what she said.

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Janis armandsmith August 07 2014 at 2:51 AM

LOL!!

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ascottroofing August 06 2014 at 9:33 PM

And the nightmares begin!

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No Drama ascottroofing August 06 2014 at 10:01 PM

LOL !

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David ascottroofing August 07 2014 at 1:29 AM

Do sharks have nightmares? Do they read articles on AOL? Oh... of course not. Not until they can get waterproof personal electronic devices.

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