Danish tourist mauled in crocodile attack

A Danish tourist has lived out a real-life Crocodile Dundee moment after accidentally "body-slamming" a crocodile.

Johnny Bonde, 27, spotted the 2.5m-long freshwater crocodile whilst walking just outside of Kununurra in Western Australia on Friday.

He attempted to snap a photograph of the 'freshie' floating in the shallows, before losing his footing and toppling down the bank.

"He got a pretty good grip on me and shook me around a bit" Bonde told The West Australian.

"There was just splashing and I could feel a bit of pain in my arm; it wasn't that bad though, I was more shocked than anything."

Mr Bonde was treated for deep lacerations in his forearm at Kununurra District Hospital. He said his biggest fear after emerging from the water would be that his girlfriend might be angry at him.

Mr Bonde wrote a Facebook status on Sunday, saying that the injuries were not as bad as they appeared, and "it's mostly my ego that's bruised".

He could clearly see the funny side of the incident, photoshopping his face onto a still of Paul Hogan from Crocodile Dundee.

He even offered some sound advice for his friends: "Don't swim, pet, play or land on any crocs! You will end up with a sore arm or even worse no arm."

However he said he didn't blame the crocodile for fighting back.

"He was just lying there chilling and all of a sudden he got body slammed," Mr Bonde said.

"I feel so stupid."

Mr Bonde and his girlfriend had been backpacking around Australia for the past 14 months. He said he was keen not to be confronted with any more crocodiles during the remainder of his holiday. 

The Australian museum says that unlike the man-eating saltwater crocodile, 'freshies' are generally shy, however will attack in self-defence. 

A local doctor said she treated about 1 or 2 freshwater crocodile attacks a year, and the incident was not uncommon.