On my trip to Darwin, I took a Jumping Crocodile Cruise down the Adelaide River to see wild crocodiles. Spending time with these dinosaurs will make you realize that they deserve nothing but respect and are way too strong, smart and powerful to be in captivity. Here are 6 photos that my Dad and I took on this cruise that will make you respect the almighty croc:
The crocodiles sense food and begin to appear beside the boat, previously undetected in the muddy river. Moving quickly and quietly they easily go unnoticed, only revealing a small portion of their huge bodies.
He patiently waits for his prey to move into the perfect position before attacking. The crocodile is patient and can stay still for days, if required, tricking his prey into thinking he’s a rock or a log.
When the prey makes a mistake, the crocodile quickly and swiftly attacks.
Sometimes, the crocodile senses prey on the edge of the river and quickly runs onto land and drags it’s victim back into the water. The crocodile is so fast, it can outrun any human and can drag large animals, like cows or humans, into the water.
Back in the water the crocodile pauses for a moment, as he senses my movement in the boat, inches away from him. He can hold perfectly still for hours, hoping to be unnoticed by his prey (me), and waiting for the perfect moment to attack.
Using it’s tail to propel itself upwards, the crocodile is able to jump fully out of the water to catch birds (or chicken dangling from a string).
Darwin is known for giving visitors amazing experiences with crocodiles, but unfortunately, some of these attractions involve captive crocodiles. Once you see the power of a wild crocodile, it is easy to understand why these crocs should not be in captivity. If you are planning to visit Darwin I highly reccomend taking a tour to see the wild crocodiles with Adelaide River Cruises or do your research and choose another socially responsible and reliable company.
To read about my full experience on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise click here.