Fisherman's close encounter with big Queensland croc goes viral
A Far North Queensland fisherman has captured the rare moment a four-and-a-half-metre saltwater crocodile travelled at speed alongside his tinny on the Bloomfield River.
Robert Dunn said he "spooked" the crocodile – known locally as 'Tommy' – when he saw it in shallow waters while out fishing, 37 kilometres north of Cape Tribulation.
"The first time he came up he had a little bit of a hissy fit, he had a little bit of sizzle there, they growl a lot," Mr Dunn said.
"I was fortunate he didn't have a go at the tinny, I thought he tried to have a little crack there at one stage."
Mr Dunn said the crocodile is a known inhabitant of the area, and that he had seen him sunbaking on the banks of the Bloomfield River on a number of occasions.
"I've seen him before, he's a resident in the area, he's not the biggest one," Mr Dunn said.
He posted the video online, and has been overwhelmed by the response.
It's topped 19,000 shares and counting.
"I nearly didn't post it because I thought it was quite a quick little video and for me that's sort of a general," he said.
The crocodile's apparently unusual movement has also been a subject of online speculation.
"Everyone's wondered why it was moving like a dolphin," Mr Dunn said.
"It was 'cause it was so shallow, so he's bouncing off the bottom and then coming up for a little bit of air."