Snorkeler pries crocodile’s jaws off his head to survive attack

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - 12:13 in Paleontology & Archaeology

"Salties" can grow up to 19 feet long and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Deposit Photos On May 27, an Australian man snorkeling off of the coast of North Queensland survived an attack from a saltwater crocodile—by prying the reptile’s jaws off of its head. Australia’s reptilian saltwater giants have the highest bite force of any animal on Earth at 3,700 pounds. McGowan was snorkeling with his wife and some friends near the Charles Hardy Islands, about 25 miles off the coast of Cape York on the day of the attack. [Related: Saltwater crocodiles are eating a lot of feral hogs in Australia.] “I was attacked from behind by a saltwater crocodile which got its jaws around my head. I thought it was a shark but when I reached up I realized it was a...

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