Samuel and his two sons Brett and Jackson decided to take a week-long camping and fishing trip in the Florida Coastal Everglades. Samuel owned a 20-foot boat that was designed to fish the everglade area, and he was very experienced and knowledgeable concerning camping on the South Florida shoreline.
He had been camping and fishing in this area for more than 30 years. His Sons were also experienced and both of them were in their early twenties.
Bugs are a problem in the Everglade
Biting bugs can be a real problem during the late spring and summer months, making camping almost impossible. They have been taking this same fishing trip for the past 5 seasons. They usually would go in early February when it was still cool, and the bug population was at a low point.
Alligators and Crocodiles living together
Florida is the only place in the world where you can find alligators and crocodiles living together in the same area. Even though they live together, they don’t interbreed. There is no such thing as a half-alligator half-crocodile.
Alligators don’t usually attack unless provoked. During the past 50 years, only a handful of human deaths have been reported. Crocodiles are a different story with more than 1000 deaths each year. Most of the attacks take place in Australia and in Africa on the Nile river. With this being said, there are crocodiles in the Everglades. There are lots of dangerous creatures in the everglades so Samuel and his sons always took their guns.
Samuel docks his boat near the shoreline
They would fish until the sun goes down, then dock their boat close to shore and wade onto the beach to setup their camp site. Samuel was experienced and he knew that if he pulled to boat too close to shore, when the tide would go out, it could leave his boat stranded on the beach.
One night after fishing all day, they docked their boat about 50 yards from shore and wade to the beach. Brett noticed the water was swirling around their boat like something big was swimming under it. He said, “look, I think it’s an alligator.” About that time it raised its head and Samuel said, “that’s not a gator, that’s a crocodile, stay in the boat.”
If it wasn’t for Samuel’s ability to recognize the danger, one of his sons would have probably been a meal for the crocodile. He would have grabbed a leg as it went down into the water and would have taken the person out into deeper water and drowned him with a death-roll.
This was a large salt-water crocodile, the most aggressive crocks in the world, but what was it doing in Florida? Maybe a pet that was released because it got too big?
They waited for more than 15 minutes for the big crocodile to swim off, but he just continued to stalk the boat, patiently waiting for someone to stick their arm or leg into the water. Jackson said, why don’t we just go ahead and move the boat closer to shore, maybe he will go away.
They started up the motor and moved the boat, and that seemed to work. The big crocodile was seen swimming back into deeper water. Samuel waited a couple of hours, then took the boat back out about 50 yards to dock it in about 3 feet of water, and he walked back to shore where they had a campsite.
Later that night Samuel told his sons about the largest crocodile in captivity. His name was Lolong and he was more than 20 feet long and weighed more than 2300 pounds.
Lolong the Crocodile
He was captured on September the third, 2011 in the Philippians. Lolong was blamed for killing local fishermen, and a 12-year-old girl. It took more than 100 men three weeks to capture Lolong. He kept breaking the ropes that were used to tie him up. Lolong finally died a couple of years later in his compound.
Samuel also told his sons about how saltwater crocodiles have been known to actually hunt humans. Just like the crocodile attack at Cahills Crossing in Australia. 40-year-old Kerry McLoughlin who was fishing with mates was taken by a crocodile that launched from the water and decapitated him in 1987. The problem is, for every crocodile you can see, there are ten that you can’t see.
This crocodile was hunting Samuel and his sons.
The next day, after waking up, Samuel looked out to his boat, which was now anchored only 25 yards from shore because of a low tide. He noticed the big crocodile swimming around his boat, just waiting for someone to eat. It’s true they all had guns, but still, who wants to wade into the water when you know there’s a crocodile waiting to attack you.
This crocodile just wouldn’t go away. After several hours, they noticed a Florida Game Warden boat approaching them in an air boat . They all jumped up and down waving to get the game warden’s attention. He pulled up to the shore and Samuel and his sons told the warden about the crocodile who was hunting them.
The warden said, yeah, last week a man lost his leg to a crocodile while fishing this area. The man was hanging his leg off a boat when a large crocodile came out of nowhere and bit the man’s leg off. Other people in the boat came to his rescue and saved his life using a tourniquet.
The warden went on to say, this is a very dangerous area to be camping and fishing, especially in just a small boat. maybe you boys should consider fishing in freshwater. After the trip, Samuel and his sons never went fishing again in the Florida Everglades.
More crocodile attacks
Human remains have been found inside the stomach of a 14-foot-long (4.2 meters) crocodile on an island north of Queensland, Australia. According to local authorities, the remains likely belong to Andrew Heard, a 69-year-old fisherman who went missing from the area on Feb. 11
Heard was last seen that Thursday afternoon when he left his yacht on Hinchinbrook Island (close to the coast of northeastern Australia) in a small fishing dinghy, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news site. When he failed to return that night and stopped responding on his radio, Heard’s wife called the authorities. His dinghy was found capsized early Friday morning (Feb. 12), showing damage indicative of a crocodile attack.
On March 29, 1987, Ginger Faye Meadows, an American model was killed by a crocodile while swimming in the Prince Regent River near Broome Australia before her birthday. She and Jane Burchett were cornered by the crocodile, but she tried to get swim away from it, but just wasn’t fast enough.
On December 7, 2010, South African outdoorsman Hendrik Coetzee was killed after being attacked by a Nile crocodile. Coetzee was leading a kayaking expedition through Congo’s Lukuga River when a crocodile, which had been concealed below the surface of the river, attacked him from behind. The crocodile pulled him from his kayak into the water and he never resurfaced.
On May 29, 2016, 46-year-old Cindy Waldron and her childhood friend, Leann Mitchell, 47, went for a late-night swim at Thornton Beach in Daintree National Park, Australia, to celebrate the end of Mitchell’s cancer treatment. Waldron was snatched by a crocodile and called for help. Mitchell tried to save her but was unsuccessful. What were believed to be Waldron’s remains were found inside a 14-foot crocodile on 3 June 2016. Can you imagine beating cancer, just to be eaten by a crocodile?
On January 11, 2019, scientist Deasy Tuwo was eaten alive by a pet crocodile after falling into an enclosure at a research facility in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Local police say the crocodile leaped up against the wall of the enclosure during feeding time and grabbed Tuwo, pulling her into the pool and eating parts of her body.
The worst crocodile attack in history
After doing some research on Crocodile attacks, I have learned that the most deaths in a single crocodile attack incident may have occurred during the Battle of Ramree Island, on February 19, 1945
Nine hundred soldiers of an Imperial Japanese Army unit, in an attempt to retreat from the Royal Navy and rejoin a larger battalion of the Japanese infantry, crossed through ten miles of mangrove swamps that contained saltwater crocodiles. No one has an actual count on the number of deaths from crocodile attacks, but the estimates are in the hundreds.
I have a sure way to avoid being eaten by a crocodile, just don’t go swimming in the Nile river, stay out of the Australian coast, and now you might want to reconsider that fishing trip in the Florida everglades.