David Attenborough? Yeah, he's great, but for those of a certain vintage, the naturalist par excellence was not the national treasure behind Blue Planet, but the Aussie battler Steve Irwin, who made handling crocodiles look like child's play. Fuck knows what either would have made of the clip below, however:

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The video shows one such reptilian monster dragging another against the tide of an Australian river, having snapping it in half with his massive jaws, before devouring his fellow croc whole.

Plenty of people might well forget just how dangerous crocs are, given the ease with which Irwin dealt with them, but the above footage might well dispel any notions of their harmlessness.

The vid was shot by Mark Price, a 46-year-old fisherman from Australia's Northern Territory, who was out in the Outback with his wife and a friend when they saw the gruesome incident.

"We noticed the smaller croc getting pulled against the tide and stopped for a closer look," said Mark, who owns a fishing company in the remote region of Australia.

"It was very exciting. My boat is about six metres and it was almost as long, so seeing it dragging the smaller one against the tide like that is very impressive. We followed it down about 500 metres, then it managed to lodge it in a tree. I've been fishing there for 25 years, and I've never seen anything like that."

The Mary River, where the attack occurred, is around a hundred kilometres eastwards from the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, and is known as a hotbed for violent croc-on-croc action.

Cannibalism is not usually how crocodiles feed, but they have been known to resort to it if other food supplies are low. The numbers of saltwater crocs have been growing in recent years, which has put a strain on the food supply and subsequently encouraged them to eat each other.

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They'll go for humans too, but Mark, after years in the Outback, was clever enough not to get any closer than necessary.

"There was one moment when my mate asked me to get a bit closer and I had to say no," he said. "You've got to give them the respect they're owed and stay croc-wise in the territory."

Words: Mike Meehall Wood

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