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The extraordinary moment an enormous one-thousand-five-hundred-pound crocodile eats a shark has been captured on camera.
In one photo, the crocodile could be seen closing in on the 100-pound bull shark pup with its huge mouth open wide, ready to feast on its prey.
The reptile was pictured in a second image with the shark upside down between its jaws, unable to escape its grim fate.
This once in a lifetime moment was captured by research scientist and photographer Mark Ziembicki (46) from North Queensland, Australia, during a recent visit to the east coast of Australia.
According to Mark, the combination of the recent opening of the St Lucia estuary and excessive rainfall inland caused freshwater species to be washed downriver into saline coastal waters, leading to the unlikely meeting between the two apex predators – which happened just 60 feet away from where Mark was standing.
Mark captured the images using a Canon 5D SLR camera with a 300mm lens.
"While we were busy taking photos of another crocodile on the bank there was some commotion about one-hundred feet away," said Mark.
"A local resident of the area who was also there shouted there was a croc eating a shark.
"We turned to see the shark thrashing away in the crocodile’s mouth.
"It spent about 10 minutes with the shark in its jaws, tossing it about.
"The shark gradually moved less until it was eventually swallowed whole headfirst. We were completely taken by surprise.
"We’d been observing both the crocodiles and sharks in the area for several hours and were wondering what would happen if the two might meet."
He added: "We had our answer I guess, although obviously there was a size mismatch on this occasion."
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Crocodiles have the most powerful bite in the animal kingdom, with their bite exerting a force eight times greater than that of a great white shark.
It comes after a group of stunned fishermen captured the moment a huge crocodile snatched a shark away from their boat.
Geoff Trutwein and Nat Barnes had just caught the juvenile blacktip shark near Wyndham, Western Australia when a 2.5-metre-long saltwater crocodile appeared and wrestled it away from them.
Cameraman Geoff, from Kununurra, Western Australia, said the huge reptiles "aren’t timid of people" and they had to be careful as they can "eat you".
"I’ve been photographing wildlife for 30 years and I've seen the crocs around here a lot in my life but I've never had an interaction like this," he said.
"It was shocking. It was just incredible to see something so powerful up close and personal.
"This one was only young but it was still about 2.5 metres in length. I got as close to the side of the boat as I was willing to get as I didn’t fancy losing my fingers."
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