Crocodile frying pan attacks ask for safety advice in the middle of the Northern Territory tourist season

Written by Javed Iqbal

An outback pub owner’s violent encounter with a crocodile – fighting it with just a frying pan – has provided warnings to tourists flocking to the Northern Territory this dry season.

Recorded on video, the 3.5-meter-long crocodile jumps towards customs officer Kai Hansen at Goat Island Lodge, about 70 kilometers south of Darwin on the Adelaide River.

Mr. Hansen, a Territory bush character known as “King Kai”, then strikes the crocodile, Casey, in the head with a frying pan twice before rushing away.

Despite his dance with death, the experienced territorial seemed untouched and told ABC Radio Darwin that there was no evil blood between them.

A saltwater crocodile floats on a still mass of water.
Rangers warn tourists to watch out for what lies beneath the surface. (Delivered by: Charles Darwin University)

“Casey’s sweet buddy, she’s my favorite hook,” he said.

“She has a nice smile.”

Croc goes without laughing

Home to more than 100,000 wild saltwater crocodiles, the risk of an unexpected crocodile is serious in the Northern Territory – and frying pans usually do not help.

Ian Hunt, a crocodile ranger with the Northern Territory government, said tourists as well as locals should always remember that they are in “crocodile territory”.

“The most important thing I want to make clear to anyone coming to the territory is that crocodiles can be in absolutely any waterway – salt water or fresh water,” he said.

“There can be saltwater crocodiles in small streams, small billabongs, small water holes. They can all contain large crocodiles that can be a threat to life.”


‘You may be on the menu’

Saltwater crocodiles are larger and far more dangerous than freshwater crocodiles, Hunt said.

“Saltwater crocodiles are the largest crocodile species on the planet … and they are a very active aggressive crocodile,” he said.

“They hunt very large prey, including buffaloes, pigs, horses, and of course humans fall into that category as well.

A crocodile lies on the banks of the river at Crocodylus Park.
Crocodiles grow larger on average each year in the NT.(ABC News: Michael Franchi )

For more information on staying alive in the waterways, visit the NT Government’s Be CrocWise website.

Kai Hansen is the owner of Goat Island.
Sir. Hansen with his dog Pippa in happy moments.(ABC News: Nadia Daly)

Casey the Croc an example of the risks

Hansen said the frying pan was a “good weapon,” adding that this is not the first time he has used one to keep Casey at bay.

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