Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Snap-Happy Man Meets Snap-Happy Croc

A fisherman got a little bit more than he bargained for when he tried to pose for a snap with a crocodile. While it might seem obvious to most people that crocodiles can be a bit fond of biting people, Israeli Novon Mashiah was apparently oblivious to the danger as he posed, grinning and pointing at the 12ft-long saltwater crocodile. But seconds later, his cockiness turned to panic as the creature lunged at him.'One minute I was leaning over the boat teasing it for a picture. The next minute it burst out of the water with incredible speed,' said 27-year-old Mashiah. Luckily for him, the crocodile missed him – landing on the boat before slipping back in the water – and he was able to start his outboard motor and get away. The photos were taken from a larger boat by his friend Doron Aviguy. The two Israelis were both working as fishermen on the ominously-named Southern Alligator River in Australia's Northern Territory.'They come near the boat all the time, probably because we are fishing. I was laughing, but it wasn't funny in the end,' said Mashiah of his impromptu wildlife lesson.'I didn't realise that crocs were so aggressive,' he added.'I was shocked. The animal clearly wanted to kill me.'Which is the last thing you'd expect a crocodile to do, obviously.