Updated 02:05 PM EST, Fri, Dec 04, 2020

Rare Shark vs. Crocodile Battle Captured by Tourists [Photos]

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Animal battles are some of the most spectacular sights that nature has to offer. Humans have long since speculated on the superiority of various species when pitted against each other in a fight to the death. Australian tourist, Andrew Paice, had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when he witnessed a crocodile and bull shark going full force at each other.

 "Earlier, we saw an 18-foot male crocodile known as Brutus leaping out of the water to eat a piece of buffalo meat held out on a pole to them," Paice told ABC News.

Australian tour guides nicknamed the croc "Brutus" due to his brute force and powerful jaws. Brutus is speculated to be 80-years old, and has been a tourist favorite for the past decades. Oh and we forgot to mention, Brutus only has one arm. The legend of the missing arm says that it was ripped off during a hit and run shark attack.

On their way back to the Getty, Paice and his family spotted Brutus again with a fin circling.

"I thought it was a fish or something," Paice said. "Then the guide took the boat in for a closer look and behold... it was a shark."

The bull shark was alive and well thrashing about as Brutus was shaking the creature, trying to puncture its flesh. Brutus is an old croc with most of his teeth is missing, but the sheer force of his bite is still enough to take down a large predator.

The battle raged on for sometime, eventually ending with Brutus engulfing the shark with its mouth. Brutus then happily carried the shark off for an afternoon snack.

"Our tour guides, Morgan and Harry, have been doing this for 30 years and they have never seen anything like this," Paice told ABC News.

The bull shark was estimated at being 5-feet long, which doesn't seem to be too fair of a fight. In Brutus' defense, he does only have one arm, so that might have seemed to even the odds. Tourists will definitely be on the look out for more shark and crocodile encounters. Hopefully next time the two creatures will be more evenly matched in size. 

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