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A giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through the lower Ord River behind Ivanhoe Crossing in the East Kimberley with a cow in its mouth.
Camera IconA giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through the lower Ord River behind Ivanhoe Crossing in the East Kimberley with a cow in its mouth. Credit: Marc and Mandy Watson/Marc and Mandy Watson

This giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through water with a cow clasped between its jaws near a popular swimming and fishing spot in WA’s far north.

The images were taken by Marc Watson and wife Mandy while fishing behind Ivanhoe Crossing on the lower Ord River in Kununurra recently.

The Watsons have lived in the Kimberley town for more than 40 years, where they run a private kangaroo sanctuary.

A giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through lower Ord River behind Ivanhoe Crossing in the East Kimberley.
Camera IconA giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through lower Ord River behind Ivanhoe Crossing in the East Kimberley. Credit: Marc and Mandy Watson

Ms Watson said she had never seen a crocodile with a cow in its mouth that close to Ivanhoe Crossing before.

“You would quite often see the salties around there there but not in that situation,” she said.

“There were two others in close proximity following the croc with the cow.

“We were about 15m away and just could not believe our eyes.

“We kept our grandkids well away from the water but a lot of people go fishing at this location and further up at the Ivanhoe Crossing people often sit down on the concrete crossing in the water to swim and cool down — especially at this time of year.”

A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions spokesman said the public should not take risks by entering the water of an established crocodile habitat.

“Estuarine crocodiles are commonly sighted at Ivanhoe Crossing,” he said.

“People are encouraged to be aware of the risks associated with estuarine crocodiles when camping, fishing, boating and swimming in the Kimberley.”

A giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through the lower Ord River behind Ivanhoe Crossing in the East Kimberley with a cow in its mouth.
Camera IconA giant saltwater crocodile stunned onlookers as it glided through the lower Ord River behind Ivanhoe Crossing in the East Kimberley with a cow in its mouth. Credit: Marc and Mandy Watson

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