Massive Crocodile Filmed Chasing Dog Swimming in Ocean as Owner Watches Helplessly from Shore

A dog swimming in the ocean was filmed frantically fleeing from a crocodile in Australia last weekend, narrowly escaping the chasing apex predator.

Footage of the close encounter was uploaded to Facebook by a woman traveling in the country and documenting the trip via a personal account called Han and Her Four Men. The clip has attracted more than 75,000 views since being published online.

The incident occured on Sunday morning close to a campaign area of Umagico, which is a coastal area in the Northern Peninsula Area Region of Queensland.

"Nearly witnessed some Cape Carnage this morning. Puppy dog nearly got taken by a croc. Heart was pounding as we all tried to call the puppy back," a caption read.

The video shows the dog swimming in the ocean as a large crocodile approaches from behind. The pup is seen stopping and turning around—appearing to realize the danger before racing back to store—as people shout and clap to get its attention.

"Come on, get away from him," one person could be heard shouting to the dog. A man who watched helplessly from the shore was seen with his hands on his head.

The woman who filmed the footage—identified as Hannah—was heard giving a sigh of relief as the dog successfully reached safety, commenting that it had been "close."

She said in the comments it was a dog known to live at the camping grounds and that its owner, not identified by name, was among those trying to get it back.

"It was the caravan park pup but no-one was fishing with her, everyone was trying to get her back, owner included!" she wrote in response to a user who noted the owner's dogs have previously been known to enter the ocean water like they were "fishing."

Nearly witnessed some Cape Carnage this morning 😬. Puppy dog nearly got taken by a croc 🐕🐊Heart was pounding as we...

Posted by Han and Her Four Men on Saturday, October 10, 2020

"Bit too close for my liking and not quite the relaxing Sunday morning we had planned!" Hannah wrote. The video has now amassed hundreds of comments and shares from shocked users of the social network, many stressing the luck of the dog.

"There were about 15 people on the bank watching it unfold and every single person had their hearts in their mouths," Hannah told Daily Mail Australia.

"We looked at each other afterwards with utter... shock at what we had just witnessed. You watch David Attenborough on the screen and get nervous but to witness it in real life is absolutely heart stopping. Everyone was just thankful it was a happy ending!"

Last month, Australian lifeguard Bob McPhail called for the removal of a 3-meter-long crocodile spotted at Palm Cove, a coastal suburb of Cairns Queensland.

McPhail raised concerns that children were playing close to the area where the croc had been seen, and the predator had already eaten at least one pet dog, he claimed, saying a local doctor's Staffordshire bull terrier was attacked on September 23.

"There was a screeching, a barking, and then gone. The croc is as fat as a pig, it's got a full belly which is obviously the dog," he said, the Daily Mail reported (via Courier Mail).

In a statement given to News.com.au, a spokesperson for Queensland's Department of Environment and Science said crocs in the area are targeted for removal.

"The person reporting the incident [said] the crocodile may have taken a dog they had been walking along the beach at the time after the dog had run out of sight," a response had read. "The person making the report did not see the crocodile take the dog."

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In this photo taken on October 3, a crocodile is seen at the Yala National Park in the southern district of Yala, some 250 kilometers southwest of Colombo. A dog swimming in the ocean was filmed frantically fleeing from a crocodile in Australia last weekend. ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty