By Pete Thomas/GrindTv
Ben Stack was admiring the fighting spirit of a small threadfin he had hooked while fishing recently off the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia, when suddenly there was a snag.
Stack thought the fish had dashed for cover under a log, so he continued to pull and reel, hoping to dislodge the log and claim his prize.
Finally, he began to gain line. Feeling victorious, he leaned over the rail and prepared to reach into the murky water and grab the log and his fish, only to spot a large crocodile with its jaws clamped on the fish, staring at Stack.
“We were face to face and no more than 20 inches apart,” Stack described on Facebook. “Fright kicked in, I released the leader and flew backwards into the boat.”
Moments later, after Stack had regained his composure and snapped two photographs, the line broke, and the croc swam off with the threadfin.
Which was just fine with Stack.
“I wasn’t disappointed to lose the fish,” he told TIME. “But I don’t like the idea of that croc knowing he can come to a boat for a free meal.”