Spearfisher lucky to be alive after crocodile attacks him and bites his face

A spearfisher had a lucky escape after he was attacked by a crocodile and bitten in the face.

The man, from Broome, Australia admitted it was the scariest experience of his life.

He was spearfishing in the remote region of Pender Bay, Western Australia, when the terrifying reptile struck.

Photos of the man in his 30s reveal just how close the crocodile was to blinding his left eye as its razor sharp teeth sunk into his face millimetres from his eyelid.

The unnamed spearfisher told 7 News the attack was the “scariest he’s experienced in his entire life”.

With blood streaming down from the cut beside his eye, the man was rushed nearly 125miles to the nearest hospital in Broome for treatment on Friday.

Pender Bay, where the attack happened, is part of the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia’s Kimberley Region.

Saltwater crocodiles in the area can grow up to six metres and weigh a staggering 1,000kg.

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It is likely the time of year influenced the crocodile's behaviour as they are at their most aggressive during the breeding season of September to May.

Despite their strength and power, fatal crocodile attacks on humans luckily remain uncommon in Western Australia.

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In 2013 however, a 15-year-old boy was sadly killed by a saltwater crocodile also about 200 kilometres north of Broome.

The teenager had run away from his foster home before the attack which was the first time someone had died from a crocodile in the state in 30 years.

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