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Friday, December 4, 2015, 14:25

Croc versus croc

By Associated Press

CANBERRA - Tourist Sandra Bell was poised to photograph a sedate scene of two crocodiles sunning themselves at the edge of an Australian waterhole when the picture unexpectedly exploded into violence.

Bell was startled but managed to snap around 20 graphic photos as a 5-meter (16-foot) estuarine croc tore apart and devoured a far lighter 2.5-meter (8-foot) croc over 15 minutes.

"It was super amazing but pretty terrifying as well," Bell said on Friday. "It looked like it was pretty much dead pretty quickly."

She later said an expert's opinion that the croc appeared long dead before the attack could be correct. Bell said she didn't detect much movement when she first saw the smaller croc partially submerged.

The extraordinary pictures were taken on Oct. 26 at Catfish Waterhole in the Rinyirru National Park, where Bell had been camping with her 14-year-old son in north Queensland state. The mother and son, from Shark Bay in Western Australia, were on a yearlong vacation driving around the country.

Without warning, the large croc suddenly clamped its jaws around the other's tail and flung the smaller croc's entire body repeatedly through the air and into the water.

Croc versus croc

In this Oct 26, 2015 photo, a large crocodile begins to eat a smaller crocodile after a brief battle with the smaller reptile at Catfish Waterhole in the Rinyirru National Park in Australia's Queensland state. (Sandra Bell via AP)

Croc versus croc

In this Oct 26, 2015 photo, a large crocodile (left) flings a smaller crocodile through the air before eating it at Catfish Waterhole in the Rinyirru National Park in Australia's Queensland state. (Sandra Bell via AP)

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