Spearfisher mauled by a crocodile in brutal attack shares photos of his bloodied head wounds – after he managed to fend it off and escape with his life

  • Spearfisherman attacked by crocodile at Pender Bay in Western Australia
  • The man was bitten on the head and face before he escaped the attack on Friday
  • He was driven 200 kilometres to Darwin Hospital to be treated for his injuries
  • Photos showed a gash across his eyebrow and face partly caked in blood 

A spearfisherman has barely escaped with his life after he was attacked and bitten on the head by a saltwater crocodile.

The 30-year-old Broome man was set upon while spearfishing at Pender Bay in the Kimberley region, Western Australia, on Friday.

He was bitten on the head and the face before he managed to fend off the croc and escape.

The man was immediately driven 200 kilometres to Broome Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

A spearfisherman has barely escaped with his life after he was attacked and bitten on the head by a saltwater crocodile

A spearfisherman has barely escaped with his life after he was attacked and bitten on the head by a saltwater crocodile

The man was bitten on the head and the face before he managed to fend off the croc and escape (stock image)

The man was bitten on the head and the face before he managed to fend off the croc and escape (stock image)

Photos taken after the attack show a large gash across his eyebrow with part of his face caked in blood. 

The man told 7 News he was doing well after surviving the ‘scariest’ experience in his life. 

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest of all living reptiles, growing up to 6m in length and weighing up to 1,000kg.

They are found in Australia’s northern states of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

They are most aggressive during breeding season between September and May.

Despite how dangerous they are few people have died in Western Australia from crocodile attacks. 

A 15-year-old boy was killed by a saltwater crocodile about 200 kilometres north of Broome in 2013.

The teenager had been in foster care and run away from his home before he met his fatal end.

The death marked the first time someone had died from a crocodile in the state in three decades.

The 30-year-old Broome man was set upon while spearfishing at Pender Bay in the Kimberley region, Western Australia, on Friday

The 30-year-old Broome man was set upon while spearfishing at Pender Bay in the Kimberley region, Western Australia, on Friday

WHAT IS A SALTWATER CROCODILE? 

  • Saltwater crocodiles are the largest of all living reptiles, growing up to 6m in length and weigh up to 1,000kg.
  • They typically remain motionless and camouflaged for very long periods, and are often mistaken for a partially submerged log.
  • Crocodiles are able to propel themselvs through the water at surprising speed up to speeds of around 18km/h.
  • With eyes and nostrils on top of their heads, they can remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water. 
  • Their mouths contains 40-60 large teeth designed to rip flesh off prey as food is swallowed whole.
  • Strictly carnivorous, they eats fish, birds, and even wallabies, water buffalo, cattle, flying foxes, crabs and turtles that venture near the water’s edge.
  • Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole. 
  • When hunting prey, they lie in wait, partially submerged or completely underwater.
  • Crocodiles inhabit the mangrove swamps, coastal marshes, and river mouths, around the top of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
  • The saltwater crocodile can live to the age of 70 

Source: Australian Reptile Park

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