Say cheese! The shocking moment a croc took a snap at a posing fisherman
By RICHARD SEARS
It should be an obvious rule - don't try to have your picture taken with a crocodile by waving fish bait at it.
As this startled tourist discovered, it won't work. And it annoys the crocodile.
The 12ft beast launched itself from the aptly named South Alligator River in Northern Territory, Australia, and tried to dine on Israeli backpacker Novon Mashiah.
Say cheese: Novon Mashiah points towards the croc and grins for the camera
Not so funny now: The croc lunges for Mr Mashiah, saved only by the size of his boat
Mr Mashiah, 27, just managed to jump clear on his small fishing boat - as these pictures taken by a friend in another boat show - and escaped with nothing more than a case of severe embarrassment.
"I saw this crocodile and thought I'd tease it a bit with a small piece of bait, just to get it in quite close to me for the picture," he said.
"I was playing around, pointing at it, laughing - when it suddenly jumped up at me. I didn't realise crocs were so aggressive."
His antics drew a typically forthright response from Australians writing to the local paper.
One said: "What the bloody hell did you expect? That the croc would jump up, put his arm around your neck and smile for the camera?"
Another wrote: "What a dimwit. Considering you still have both hands, use one of them to slap yourself!"