How To ACTUALLY Survive a Crocodile Attack
Odds are that you’ve seen the movie Jaws,and now every time you get into the wateryou can’t help but feel a bit nervous aboutwhat may be lurking unseen around you. You push these fears out of your mind, tryto have fun and enjoy the waves, but you can’thelp yourself from looking around once ina while for a tell-tale shark fin. Yet, it turns out that while you’re worriedabout being attacked by a shark, the sneakycrocodile you were never expecting is alreadyon his way to eat you. Every year about five to six people die fromshark attacks, while humans kill up to onehundred million sharks, which basically isthe most one-sided war since the French surrenderin World War II. Yet crocodiles have been regularly makinga meal out of humans at a rate two hundredtimes greater than sharks, and every yearcrocodiles and alligators kill an estimatedone thousand people around the world. Most of these fatalities occur in Africa,though many Floridians and Australians havealso met their end in the jaws of these prehistoricmonsters. And we do mean prehistoric by the way, assharks and crocodiles are two of the onlyknown large animal species to be so evolutionarilyperfect at their jobs that they haven’t evolvedmuch since the age of the dinosaurs. Also, while the dinosaurs totally wimped outand died to a measly asteroid the size ofNew York City, sharks and crocodiles bothpretty much shrugged off the global apocalypseand survived to terrify future generationsof mammals who would take over the world. Crocodiles are pretty terrifying stuff, andif you’ve seen our episode Shark vs Crocodile,who would win?Then you already know that saltwater crocodilescan grow to be much bigger than even a greatwhite shark, reaching up to a whopping 20feet long and weigh over 2,000pounds . At those sizes you’re no longer dealing witha crocodile, and we don’t care what scientistssay here because any reptile that big is afreaking dinosaur. Scientists actually believe that crocodilesnever stop growing, and their maximum lifespan is unknown- and its believed that crocodilessimply continue growing until they’ve grownso large that they can no longer hunt successfully,or simply succumb to disease. As if size wasn’t enough, crocodiles alsohave the greatest bite strength of any animalin the world, with the Nile crocodile clockingin at an astonishing 5,000 pounds per squareinch, which is almost 3000% more powerfulthan your measly bite. Saltwater crocodiles, which grow to be thebiggest in the world, thankfully have a lowerbite strength of around 3,700 pounds per squareinch. That’s thanks to the massive concentrationof jaw muscles crocs have, which is criticalfor an ambush predator that needs to ensureit can grip prey and never let go. After all, crocs don’t have hands. . . at leastnot yet. We’re sure evolution is working on this thoughsince mother nature is apparently dead seton making crocodiles the most terrifying animalin history, so don’t be surprised if crocsin the future get opposable thumbs and learnto use guns. So what happens if one of these prehistorickillers decides to make you its next snack?How can you survive a crocodile attack?Well, we have to be honest with you and justsay that if you’re attacked in the water,things aren’t going to go well for you atall. If a crocodile happens to snatch you whileyou’re swimming, or just standing knee deepin water, odds are incredibly low you’re goingto escape with your life. If you saw our previous video on Gustave thekiller crocodile then you’re already awarethat this massive beast would regularly snatchfishermen who were only in water up to theirknees, and drag them away before they couldreact. In water crocodiles are incredibly fast, andthat’s thanks to their massive tail and itspowerful muscles. With a single flick a crocodile can push itselfoff a sandbar and into deeper water, and givenhow powerful those jaw muscles are there’slikely little you’ll be able to do about it. On land crocodiles are much slower, thoughsome species and smaller members are capableof surprisingly quick and short sprints, sodon’t get into the habit of taunting a land-boundcrocodile, because if you get too close itcan and will snatch you up. The reason why survival is so unlikely ifyou’re attacked in water is simply down totwo quirks of crocodilian hunting behavior. This may be surprising to hear, but crocodilesactually don’t use those massive jaws to kill,simply to maintain their grip on prey. Crocodiles are actually incapable of chewing,so while a shark will come in for a bite andthen shear chunks of flesh off of you, a crocodilewill latch on once and then dive down deep. Since a croc can’t kill you with its jaws,it instead tries to drown you, so as soonas you’re attacked, the crocodile is goingto dive down as deep as it can go and thenhold you there. If you do manage to start successfully fightingback though, some crocs will simply decidethat better than losing their prey entirely,they’ll simply take what they can. This will have the crocodile begin a feedingbehavior known as a death roll, and it isbasically exactly what it sounds like. The crocodile maintains its grip on the preyand then simply uses its powerful musclesto twist around over and over again, eventuallyshearing off large chunks of flesh. Crocodiles in danger of losing their preyhave been known to engage in this behavior,and we don’t have to tell you that this isn’tgoing to end very well for you or your limbs. So the first step in surviving an attack isto simply avoid it altogether. Never go swimming in unfamiliar areas, orplaces that have been marked as unsafe forswimmers. No, ignoring that no swimming sign isn’t goingto make you look like a cool rebel that societycan’t keep down, it’s just going to turn youinto gator bait. Crocodiles and alligators tend to live aroundthe tropical areas of the world, so make sureif you visit or live in these areas that youalways stay within designated safe swimmingzones. And if you live in Australia the best wayto avoid a crocodile attack is to simply neverleave the house- seriously, Australia is amadhouse of all the world’s deadliest animalsand insects, and human beings have no businessliving there, so just stay indoors and uploadyour consciousness to the matrix, where thewildlife can’t get to you. You should always be careful when around habitatthat crocodiles inhabit. This means any swampy or marshy area, andcan include lakes, ponds, rivers, estuaries,canals, and even swimming pools as many Floridiansregularly discover. You’ll usually find crocs in slow-moving waterthat has a lot of mud and vegetation, whichprovides the perfect opportunity for an ambushpredator like a crocodile to attack from. However, saltwater crocodiles aren’t so namedfor nothing, and they can be found on oceanbeaches and even in open water. If you’re canoeing or on a boat, don’t assumethat you’re safe, as crocodiles have beenknown to overturn boats and even snatch peopleright off a boat and drag them into the water. Lastly, try and avoid the water near duskor at night, because this is when crocodilesare most active, though remember that theycan and do strike during day time as well. If you do notice a crocodile however, or ifyou perhaps happen to fall into water withcrocodiles in it, try your best to remaincalm. Crocodiles are naturally attracted to smallanimals splashing in water, so you want toswim as quickly, but as quietly and calmlyas possible back to shore while causing aslittle disturbance in the water as you canmanage. Staying under the water is even better, asit’ll reduce the amount of splash you makeas you swim. Don’t become panicky as you swim, and do yourbest to remain calm- crocodiles like manypredators are surprisingly wary animals. If prey seems uninjured or unafraid, it oftengives many predators second thoughts aboutlaunching an attack. After all, they have evolved hunting preythat shows fear, and a prey item that showsa distinct lack of fear is often enough toshake a predator’s confidence in launchingan attack. This might seem silly, but from the animal’spoint of view, hunting is an incredibly riskyactivity- any stray wound could possibly leadto infection and be fatal, any injury couldprevent the animal from hunting, as coulddamage to its teeth and claws. If the animal can’t hunt, it’ll starve todeath, and thus predators are surprisinglyrisk-averse creatures. If you remain calm and collected, there’sa chance a prowling crocodile might decidethat you are more trouble than you’re worth. If you happen to run into a crocodile on landthough, once more remain calm, and then slowlywalk backwards. Again, staying calm might deter an attack,but trying to make a panicked run for it willtypically trigger the hunt response in mostpredators- at that point you’re doing exactlywhat its prey has always done and the predatorpretty much figures that you’re no differentand pose little threat. A confident animal however is an animal tobe feared, and the crocodile might figurethat you have some defenses or strength it’snot aware of. If however the crocodile does snap or startto charge you, now it’s time to run as fastas you can. You might have heard that you should run ina zig-zag pattern because crocodiles can’tzig-zag very well, and this is true, theyreally can’t, but this also makes you muchslower and if the crocodile is smart enoughto stay on a straight trajectory, it’ll outrunyou. On land crocodiles can top out at around 10miles an hour , and you’ll be ableto outrun that no problem if you simply runstraight. If a croc nabs you though, then it’s timeto fight back- and fight hard. Crocodiles are covered in a thick armor platingof hard scales, and underneath that is nothingbut thick muscle. Even if you have a knife, you’re simply notgoing to do much damage to a crocodile, andthey have been known to resist even high caliberbullets such as those from a 7. 62mm rifle. Instead, you’re going to want to go for thefirst obvious vulnerable spot on the crocodile,which are the eyes. While a croc’s eyes are protected by a nictitatingmembrane that protects it from water debris,it won’t be enough to prevent you from placinga well-aimed eye gouge. If your hands are free and you can reach,the best thing to do is to dig your fingersas deep into its eyes as you can manage, thougheven just kicking at the eyes has been knownto get crocodiles to let go. Again, crocodiles as any other predator don’twant to risk permanent damage in a singlehunt, it’s just not worth it, and if the crocodileis afraid of losing its eyesight, it’ll moreoften than not let go. Gouging or kicking at the eyes has saved manylives in the past. If you can’t quite reach the eyes though,then concentrate on striking the top of thehead, closer to where the jaws begin. If you’re a bystander in a crocodile attack,grab a stick, or even just use your fists,and wail away at the crocodile’s head. Like any animal, crocodiles don’t much likehaving their bell rung. Let’s say the worst has come to pass though,and now the animal has you under the water. It’s now waiting for you to drown, and yourbest chance to survive the attack at thispoint will be to return the favor. Crocodiles have a structure in the back ofthe mouth just behind the tongue known asthe palatal valve. This is a flap of tissue which completelycovers their throats when they submerge, sothat the animal can still have prey in itsjaws and not drown itself by having waterpour down its throat. You’re going to ignore how terrifying it willbe to reach even deeper into the mouth ofthe animal, and feel for this flap of tissue,then simply strike it or grab at it. Puncturing it or even moving it out of placewill be enough to start to cause water toflow down the croc’s throat, and this willautomatically trigger the crocodile to letgo of you so it doesn’t drown. There you have it, our easy to follow stepson how to survive a crocodile attack. Now there’s only one thing to do- get outthere and test them!Just kidding, seriously, follow our adviceand stay out of water in the wild. If you’re longing for the beach just throwsome sand in your tub and splash around init, because nobody has ever been attackedby a crocodile in their own bathtub. How would you try to survive a croc attack?Have you ever known someone who was attackedby a crocodile or alligator?Why do humans continue to taunt mother nature’swrath by living in Australia?Let us know in the comments section, and asusual if you enjoyed this video don’t forgetto Like, Share, and Subscribe for more greatcontent!