Cairns fisherman escapes saltwater crocodile in North Queensland after harassing it with a fishing rod

Watch the terrifying moment a fisherman is nearly dragged into the river by an irate saltwater crocodile after teasing it with a bait

  • Visser narrowly escaped a crocodile he aggravated
  • Kody Duncan splashed his fishing rod over the crocodile
  • Ironically, he escaped carrying a pair of crocodiles

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A man has escaped after being dragged into the river by a saltwater crocodile after aggravating it with his fishing rod.

Fisherman Kody Duncan filmed himself approaching the crocodile while at Wujal Wujal Falls, north of Cairns, in Queensland on Saturday.

Unlike their saltwater relatives, freshwater crocodiles are commonly known to flee from humans and only attack when their territory is threatened.

However, the saltwater crocodile that was just submerged at Wujal Wujal seemed ready for a fight.

Fisherman Kody Duncan narrowly escaped an angry crocodile in Wujal Wujal Falls, north of Cairns, on Saturday after luring it out with his fishing rod (pictured)

Fisherman Kody Duncan narrowly escaped an angry crocodile in Wujal Wujal Falls, north of Cairns, on Saturday after luring it out with his fishing rod (pictured)

On the footage, Mr Duncan zoomed in to show the crocodile lying motionless in the clear water, sarcastically calling it “an odd-looking tree trunk.”

He then began splashing the bait on the end of his rod into the water just above the crocodile’s head.

Mr Duncan had barely dipped the lure into the water twice when the crocodile came running out of the water to chase Mr Duncan.

He luckily escaped the angry crocodile, ironically, while carrying a pair of crocodiles.

Mr. Duncan posted the footage on TikTok and received more than 900,000 likes and nearly 5,000 comments.

“Sees danger, puts danger,” wrote one commenter.

“Wear crocodiles if you’re being chased by a crocodile. What a face,” wrote a second.

“But why did you think to do that?” questioned a third.

Mr. Duncan answered and said, “Honestly, I don’t know what was going through my mind.”

Although the freshwater crocodile is usually more timid than their saltwater relatives, it quickly broke through the water (pictured) forcing Mr. Duncan to flee, ironically carrying a pair of crocodiles.

Although the freshwater crocodile is usually more timid than their saltwater relatives, it quickly broke through the water (pictured) forcing Mr. Duncan to flee, ironically carrying a pair of crocodiles.

Although the freshwater crocodile is usually more timid than their saltwater relatives, it quickly broke through the water (pictured) forcing Mr. Duncan to flee, ironically carrying a pair of crocodiles.

The Wujal Wujal Council offers plenty of safety tips for visitors entering the area, including advising people to stay away from the water.

Our general local law recommends staying at least five meters away from the edge of rivers, lagoons and waterholes at all times.

“Our wildlife, even dangerous ones like our crocodiles and snakes, are usually shy of humans and prefer to get out of the way unless you get too close to their territory.”

Duncan’s close call comes days after a ten-foot-long saltwater crocodile was spotted near North Stradbroke Island, just outside Brisbane, on Wednesday.

The crocodile was nearly 400 km from its usual habitat in central to northern Queensland.

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