Crocodile Traps Man on Island for 2 Weeks
New Zealander says the 20-foot creature 'stalked' him
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
The stranded kayaker feared a crocodile believed to be 20 feet in length. (Not this one.)   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

(Newser) – Talk about a vacation gone wrong: A New Zealand kayaker spent two weeks trapped on an island about 2.5 miles off Western Australia's far northern coast because he feared a 20-foot crocodile would eat him. The man, named only as Ryan, told his eventual rescuer that he was "stalked" by the creature, which seemed to follow him in his 8-foot-long boat each time he tried to depart Governor Island, reports Australia's AP. He was stuck on the island until Don MacLeod noticed a light on the island, leading him to the tourist.

MacLeod, who lives on the mainland near the island, recounts the man's experience to Australia's ABC. "He said every time he got in his little kayak ... this crocodile has chased him. ... So he made it back to the island and pulled his kayak up as far as he could get it and headed cross country back to his camp. So he was reduced then to trying to conserve his water and signal [for help]." The BBC notes that MacLeod knew of the crocodile in question, saying he had seen it "several times" and that it was as long as his 20-foot boat. As for the rescued kayaker, "he wouldn't have made it much longer without water," says MacLeod, "because he seemed to be a bit distressed when we found him." (Another recent encounter with a crocodile ended less positively in Australia.)

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Sep 7, 2013 4:27 PM CDT
When you get stranded in a life altering situation, you say what Anthony Hopkins said in the movie "The Edge" "I'm going to kill the croc....I'm going to hunt him down and kill the Mother Crocker" With 2 weeks he should be smart enough to make a spear and play tarzan. Or build a bigger raft.
Sep 7, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
Two things to do before vacationing with large crocs. Get a croc license. Get a handgun. Be prepared.
Sep 7, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
The croc must be female. He and his kayak must've left the toilet seat up and the she was going to give him a 3 hour nag-fest about it--and wasn't going to let him leave until he got one. And as usual, it took a bloke and drinking buddy, Don MacLeod, to rescue him from such persistence.