Moment Crocodile Jumps Into Fishing Boat Captured in Heartstopping Footage

The moment a crocodile jumped out of the water and onto a couple's fishing boat has been captured in heart-stopping footage.

Kathryn Dyball and Cameron Bates, who uploaded the footage to their YouTube channel TIDES—Kat and Cam's Kimberley Adventures and TikTok, were fishing off their 15-foot-long boat in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia when they spotted the predator lurking in the water.

In the clip posted to TikTok, which can be seen here, the saltwater crocodile can be seen rapidly swimming through the water towards the boat. It appears to be following the fishing line being dragged through the lake by the couple.

As the line is pulled from the water, the crocodile tries to catch it unsuccessfully. It pauses for a moment before looking straight into the camera and leaping from the water.

In a heart-stopping moment, the huge croc attempts to climb aboard the couple's boat, hitting its head against the camera. The footage goes shaky and a moment later the croc can be seen floating once again in the water as the boat moves away.

The full video of the encounter posted to YouTube can be seen here.

The crocodile moves rapidly through the water before attacking the boat

Dyball told ABC News that it was an "absolute shock," and as the reptile leaped from the water, "it felt like time stood still."

There are an estimated 150,000 saltwater crocodiles in Australia.

Saltwater crocodiles have a reputation for being more aggressive and territorial than freshwater crocodiles. They usually lash out when they feel their territory is being threatened or when they have spotted prey. It is unclear whether Dyball and Bates had a bite on the line when they pulled it up.

A clip of the encounter posted to TikTok has 8,074 likes and 351 comments as of April 25.

"The whole time we were out there, we would go, 'Is that a croc or is that a stick?' Then, the stick turned around," Dyball told ABC.

She told the news outlet that the experience has made her think twice about exploring rivers in the region.

"[Crocodiles] should be respected ... we won't be making that mistake again," she said.

Newsweek has asked Dyball and Bates for comment.

While crocodile attacks are rare, they have targeted fishing boats before. According to the Australian government "the smaller the boat the greater the risk."

In 2021, a man was injured after a Northern Territory crocodile jumped aboard his fishing boat. The incident occurred in Kakadu National Park, located in Australia's Northern Territory (NT), ABC reported.

The man and had been fishing with his friends and had stopped the boat to make food when the predator climbed aboard.

While crocodiles are huge animals, they are capable of lifting themselves out of the water.

A crocodile expert commenting on the 2021 incident told ABC that crocodiles have "very powerful tails" that they can use to lift themselves up, while they use the side of the boat as leverage.

Saltwater crocodile
A stock photo shows a saltwater crocodile. They have been known to attack fishing boats before. jtstewartphoto/Getty Images