This the moment a young tourist had a lucky escape after an eight foot long crocodile attacked her at the water’s edge.
Mobile phone footage posted on social media shows a fish splashing about on a creek bank before a saltwater crocodile suddenly lunges at her out of nowhere.
Laughter heard on the video quickly turns to screams after the animal leaps out of the water in Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.
The Brit suffered a bite wound to her leg but she was discharged from Mossman Hospital near Cairns after receiving treatment on Monday night.
The short clip was posted on Facebook, which has been shared more than 2,300 times along with a picture of cuts and blood on a woman’s thigh.
Authorities described the crocodile as between six feet and eight feet long.
Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection renewed warnings to people to be aware of the dangers from saltwater crocodiles.
Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to 17ft long, and the authorities urged people to obey warning signs and stand back from the water’s edge.
The crocodiles, known locally as ‘salties’, are the world’s largest living reptile species.
The animals lie in wait submerged in water before pouncing on their prey at speed, clamping them in their powerful jaws then dragging them into the water.
They are responsible for around 2.3 attacks per year on humans in Australia, of which 0.6 are fatal, according to Charles Darwin University’s CrocBITE worldwide crocodilian attack database.
The DEHP said wildlife officers will now carry out a site assessment of the area and will potentially target the animal for removal.