The 45-year-old professional fisherman was diving for trepang off the Cobourg Peninsula when the crocodile struck just before noon.
The man had been working from a Tasmanian Seafoods boat with a group of divers in Knocker Bay, near the entrance to Port Essington, about 180km northeast of Darwin.
He struggled with the crocodile, which police said was believed to be 2m-3m long, and managed to escape. The saltie bit him on the head, neck, shoulders and arms.
Senior District Ranger Peter Fitzgerald said the man’s diving companions rescued him and took him to the Black Point ranger station.
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