Man Tries to Scoop Out Crocodile's Eyes With His Fingers to Escape Attack

A man in Australia has recalled how he survived a crocodile attack by trying to scoop the predator's eyes out with his fingers.

Isaac Adidi and his friend Malik Cockatoo-Mueller were swimming in a waterhole in the coastal mining town of Weipa, northern Queensland, on Sunday when the crocodile struck. The northeastern state is known to have crocodiles in its waterways.

Cockatoo-Mueller told 7News he thought nothing of it when Adidi went underwater. But he knew something was wrong when his friend re-emerged and started screaming.

"He was poking the croc in the eye, trying to let go of him," Cockatoo-Mueller said. "I'm pretty sure he poked the eye out of the croc."

Adidi told The Courier Mail: "He's got a hold of my left hand and his face was right in front of me and I got my index finger and tried to scoop his eye out."

Cockatoo-Mueller tried to help his friend, and Adidi was able to momentarily fight off the crocodile. But it soon charged at them again with its mouth open, said Cockatoo-Mueller. Adidi and Cockatoo-Mueller were eventually able to escape.

Adidi was left with a crocodile tooth lodged into his hand, and needed surgery to treat his wounds.

He is recovering in hospital with a suspected broken hand, Australia's ABC news outlet reported.

Ren Bone of Queensland Parks and Wildlife told the Australian Associated Press that Adidi's injuries suggest he was attacked by a crocodile that was at least three meters (9.8 feet) long. On average, male saltwater crocodiles can grow between 14 to 17 feet, and females 7.5 to 11 feet.

Bone said wildlife officers were trying to find the crocodile so they could "remove it from the wild." The search will likely take place both day and night "for several days, hopefully a bit shorter," he said.

Bone said contracted hunters had caught a crocodile that is thought to have attacked a man in Cairns, around a 10-hour drive south of Weipa, on Sunday. The animal was 2.47 meter (8.1 feet) long.

The crocodile bit the head and neck of 44-year-old Mark Ridge, who was swimming in Lake Placid. Ridge managed to escape with minor wounds to his face, scalp, shoulder, and finger.

Bone said according to ABC: "The crocodile was trapped and removed by our contractors and has been transported to an approved facility."

Cameron Baker who researches crocodiles at the University of Queensland told ABC it is unusual but not unexpected for two crocodiles attacks to occur in such a short space of time.

The wet season means the animals are more active than other times of the year, and go to swimming holes, stagnant pools and backwaters to find food, he said.

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A stock image shows a saltwater crocodile in North Queensland. Two men in Queensland have been attacked by crocodiles in recent days. Getty