SALTWATER CROCODILE LOCKED ITS JAWS AROUND SNORKELING MAN’S HEAD IN AUSTRALIA
Crocodiles are scary, scary creatures. Their biological design has been at the top of the food chain for millions of years essentially. And salt water crocs? They’re even scarier. They’re fast, strong, and incredibly aggressive predators. When one of them latches onto a human being, it’s usually the case that their bucket is kicked, in final fashion. But not for 51-year-old Marcus McGowan. He managed to pry the jaws of a crocodile off of his head and lived to tell the tale. But I gotta say that the whole ordeal must have been harrowing and terrifying.
SNORKELER PRIED ITS JAWS OPEN TO ESCAPE, ONLY TO HAVE IT BITE HIS HAND AS HE PUSHED IT AWAY
Mcgowan and his wife had gone snorkeling with some friends off the coast of North Queensland, Australia last weekend. They were having a good time until McGowan felt that some thing had “got its jaws around my head.” So, ok. You’re in the water, feeling secure and enjoying the tableau, and then an animal grabs you by the head in its mouth. McGowan initially thought that it must have been a shark. But when he reached up and touched the jaws he realized it was a saltwater crocodile. That’s when he desperately fought to escape. He said, “I was able to lever its jaws open just far enough to get my head out.”
AFTER ESCAPING PREDATOR CROCODILE JAW LOCK, THE MAN FACED A 45 MUNUTE BOAT RIDE AND THEN AN AIRLIFT
But as you might expect, the crocodile wasn’t too keen to let its next chosen meal get away so easily. So it latched on and bit McGowan’s hand, as well. But he got his hand out and somehow made it into a boat. But the boat ride to Haggerstone Island and some help took 45 long minutes. From the island he then had to take an airlift to a hospital for actual treatment. McGowan isn’t too shocked, though. He lives on the Gold Coast and is an avid surfer. He knows that every time you get into the water, you are entering the territory of dangerous animals, like crocodiles and sharks.
But down on the Gold Coast, crocodile attacks are a thing of the past. But there are plenty of sharks there, too. Now I just feel like swimming a few laps. In a landlocked area.