Watch Giant, 70-year-old Crocodile Munching on Cow Carcass Fend Off Rival

A huge crocodile dubbed Scarface has been filmed scaring off a rival who was trying to steal his dinner, sending the smaller croc fleeing from the scene.

Scarface is a 15-foot saltwater crocodile that rules a stretch of the Daintree River in Queensland, Australia. His exploits are often captured by David White, who owns Solar Whisper, a wildlife tour company that operates along the river.

In the latest footage, Scarface, who White estimates to be around 70 years old, can be seen dragging a large cow carcass along the river. In a Facebook post, White says the cow had died giving birth further upstream. It had drifted down the river where Scarface picked it up.

He told Newsweek that despite only having three teeth left, Scarface defends his territory fiercely. In the footage, another smaller crocodile can be seen approaching Scarface, who is holding on to the carcass.

"He doesn't tolerate any males living there permanently, he lets them pass through but only fights as a last resort," White said. "They try to work out conflict without injury.

"I wasn't that surprised [to see the smaller crocodile] as it was attracted by the smell, but I was surprised how effective Scarface was in repelling the croc and I was a little surprised how fast it came in."

In a Facebook post, White said crocodiles can communicate with sub-audio vibrations, so it appears Scarface told his rival to (quite firmly) get lost.

There are estimated to be up to 30,000 crocodiles in Queensland. They are found in waterways across northern parts of the state. They tend to hunt at the edge of the water, waiting for their prey to come within striking distance.

"We often see crocs take their food somewhere else, the most obvious reason is to remove it from potential competitors," White said in the Facebook post.

"However, they don't just take it further up the river, but they take it into a smaller creek almost every time. I believe this is to stop the strong tides taking it. Crocs don't have a lair as is often portrayed in the movies and is believed strongly in popular culture. But they very often do take their catch somewhere else. They have small stomachs so can't eat much at a time."

Scarface had dragged the cow carcass up the river for several miles, spending a huge amount of time and energy doing so. He then just abandoned the carcass, swimming away in the opposite direction.

White told Newsweek he had watched Scarface take his meals away several times but he had never seen him leave the carcass in this way. "I have never seen him go to such an effort against the tide and then leave it and swim so far away," he said. "It seemed like a great effort for no reward."

Two other, smaller crocodiles came at night and ate some of the carcass. White said it may have been Scarface's intention to leave these crocodiles, presumably females, a tasty meal.

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Scarface was holding on to the cow carcass as another male approached from the left. David White/Solar Whisper