Crocodile Catches Bat From Air by Leaping Out of Water in Amazing Video

Footage has been captured over the incredible moment a crocodile leaped out of a river to catch a bat flying overhead.

The clip was shot by David White, who owns and runs the Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile and Wildlife Cruises in Queensland, Australia.

It showed a multitude of bats swooping low over the Daintree River. As one skims the surface, a huge saltwater crocodile emerged from the water and caught the bat in its jaws.

"I've seen the crocs getting excited when the bats are drinking, but in 25 years I've never seen one jump up or catch one until now," White told Newsweek. "When my partner and I saw this we could not believe it and were shocked and amazed at the timing, skill, speed and accuracy. [It] gives you an appreciation of their potential deadliness."

The bats were red flying foxes, a type of fruit bat. They appeared to be flying low over the water to catch a drink. White said that rather than drinking the water at the source, they were collecting it in their chest fur, which can then be sucked while they're safely perched in trees. Unlike other flying foxes in Australia, red flying foxes roost close together. They have been recorded gathering in groups sometimes numbering over 100,000 strong.

Salt and freshwater crocodiles that live in northern Australia's river systems have been filmed leaping from the water to catch flying foxes before.

White said he knew the crocodile involved, which he calls Dusty, having filmed it many times before during trips on the river.

Saltwater crocodiles live on northern Australia's coasts and river systems. They are meat-eaters with a varied diet that includes birds, buffalo, boar, bats and fish. Nicknamed "salties" in Australia, the animals are larger than their freshwater cousins and can grow up to 20 feet in length and weigh over 2,200 pounds.

As their name suggests, they can live in saltwater but are also found as far as 120 miles inland, in freshwater creeks and rivers. The Queensland government advises residents and visitors to avoid swimming in any water unless signs at the edge specifically say it is safe due to the danger of crocodile infestation. Between 1985 and 2017 there were 33 crocodile attacks on people in Queensland, with 11 fatalities.

"How dangerous are they? Well, they are wild animals, predators, so [it] depends on your behavior. If you swim with them or make a poor choice, they are lethal—we are on the menu. However, if you don't swim then they ignore the boats and it's not dangerous at all," White told Newsweek previously.

Saltwater croc catches bat mid-flight
Screenshot from the Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile and Wildlife Cruises video shows a saltwater croc catch a bat mid-flight. The animals are known to hunt flying foxes in this way. David White/Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile and Wildlife Cruises