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Snorkler Mauled to Death in Raja Ampat by a Dinosaur

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The waters around the islands of Indonesia's Raja Ampat may seem idyllic, and the archipelago at the western end of West Papua has certainly become a must-go to destination for traveling divers. While the main danger seems to be ripping currents, another danger that might lurk beneath the surface, as Russian diver Sergey Lykhvar discovered too late.

He was attacked by a saltwater crocodile and mauled to death.

His body was eventually found in the water near one of the islands, Minyaifun, four days after he went missing at the end of March, and there was a well-defined bite on his hip and one hand was gone. All the evidence points to a crocodile attack, and rescuers witnessed a large crocodile trailing behind his body when it was first discovered....

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