A breathtaking video shared on social media recently showed a huge crocodile snatching a shark off a fishermen's line just as they tried to reel it in.

The incident took place off the coast of Western Australia. Geoff Trutwin and Nat Barnes were on a fishing expedition off the coast of Wyndham when they managed to hook a blacktip shark. However, before they could reel the shark in and get it into the vessel, a crocodile leaped out and latched onto the line, a description of the YouTube video said.

Trutwin and Barnes got into a tug of war with the 8-foot-long reptile. However, after failing to win, the fishermen decided to cut the line. The crocodile was seen in the video swimming off with the shark.

"We had been out fishing for a few hours and Nat caught a juvenile blacktip shark and while he was reeling it in, this saltwater croc decided he wanted that meal," Trutwin said, according to Times Now. "He shot over really quickly and grabbed it. The crocs aren't timid around people, they're very happy to be around us. You’ve got to be careful as they'll eat you."

The fishermen said the crocodile was just a few inches away from their boat, with Trutwin adding that despite being a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years, he never had an "interaction like this."

"I've been photographing wildlife for 30 years and I've seen the crocs around here a lot in my life but I've never had an interaction like this. It was shocking. It was just incredible to see something so powerful up close and powerful," he said.

Trutwin said the saltwater crocodile took the shark to the banks where it devoured the meal.

Last month in a similar incident, a massive crocodile leaped out of the water in Australia to feast on two small sharks. The two sharks were reeled in by a woman while fishing at a Far North Queensland beach. A video of the incident shows an unidentified man and woman standing close to the water next to two small sharks on the shore. A crocodile is seen slowly swimming toward them and grabbing the sharks. It later devoured them and went back into the water.

Saltwater crocodiles are known to inhabit the area around Australia's Lake Placid, but attacks are relatively rare
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