2 metre croc chases paddlers back to shore

Wednesday, 25 March 2009
NOT HANGING AROUND: John Miller had a close encounter with a curious croc on his paddle board at Casuarina Beach. Picture: BRAD FLEETThings are getting really hairy at Casuarina Beach in the Northern Territory of Australia. Stand up paddler, John Miller and a friend in a kayak were recently stalked and chased back to shore by a 2m saltwater croc swimming in the area.

"I was on my paddle board and my mate was in a kayak - we were about 10m offshore when it just popped its head up about a metre away from my friend," Miller said.

"It then went back under the water and we couldn't see it any more so we thought we better get out of there as we were in a pretty vulnerable position - it could have easily just lunged out and grabbed us."

"We paddled back quickly to shore and when we got up on the sand and looked back it had followed us and come right in to the shallows.

"It's pretty scary."


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More info: ntnews.com.au
Photo credit: Brad Fleet

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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