Why beware of animal eyes on a river?


Picture of crocodile eyes on a river.


Deadly ‘Eyes of the River’



All fishermen see in the moonlight a ripple effect of an insect landing on glassy water.

Even so, a fisherman is ever conscious of the unseen—the ‘eyes of the river.’

If he was to shine his flashlight, crocodile eyes silently breaking the water’s surface would glow luminous red.

Then he is reminded that he is an intruder in an ancient predator’s territory.

Saltwater crocodile is one of the biggest and most dangerous of the world’s 12 crocodile species.
    
It can grow up to 23 feet [7 m] in length.

Unsuspecting prey see the gleaming eyes too late to escape its lunging attack and infamous death-roll drowning technique.

Prey as large as buffalo, cattle, and horses have been attacked as they quenched their thirst at the water’s edge.


Human attacks



One adventurous vacationer was quietly paddling her canoe along a tributary of a river in a wetland  

Suddenly, what she thought was a harmless piece of driftwood began to thrash her canoe. 

It was a dreaded saltwater crocodile, and the tourist happened to be in its defined territory at the most dangerous time of the year.

Frantically, she paddled away to a group of trees. 

As she got her foot onto the first branches, the crocodile came out of the water, pulled her back down, and rolled her a total of three times. 

Each time the crocodile changed its grip, the woman tenaciously tried to climb up the muddy riverbank. 

On the third attempt, she managed to get up the bank, dragging herself a mile [2 km] until a ranger heard her desperate calls for help. 

Despite terrible wounds, the woman survived.

Yes, the crocodile is truly an intriguing reptile—but always keep a respectful distance. 

And as any fisherman well knows, attempts to fight a saltwater crocodile are futile.

Wise words of caution, urging the unwary and the curious: Beware of the ‘eyes of the river’—the mighty, fearsome crocodile!