Crocodiles in Darwin

Crocodiles in the Northern Territory

“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”

Steve Irwin

Landing in Darwin it was hard to believe I was in the same country. It was midnight, but still 27 degrees, and steamy with it.  I was in crocodile country, so booked a trip on a jumping croc boat cruise on the Adelaide River.

Crocodiles in Darwin

Despite it being freshwater, there are anywhere between 2,500 and 10,000 salt water crocs that live there. In other words, it’s not for swimming, and don’t assume that any other freshwater swimming hole or river will be either.

Crocodiles in Darwin

Crocodiles in Darwin

Any crocs over around 2 metres is considered a “mankiller”. Well thank heavens they spare the women… ha ha! If you are unlucky enough to get attacked by one the good news is you’ll never see it coming. It will be making its way to you underwater and might have been underwater for hours – they can hold their breath for up to 4 hours I was told. They have a very keen sense of smell so could have smelt you hundreds of metres away, possibly several kilometres. They also like bright colours – red, orange, white especially. It was at this point that our captain on the boat reminded where we could find the life jackets in an emergency. “They’re bright orange, good luck.”

Crocodiles in Darwin

Crocodiles in Darwin

It was fascinating to get so close to crocs in the wild – their huge teeth and massive powerful jaws.  It was good to be on the safety of the boat…..I think that is where I will stay!

 

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