Sunday 24 June 2007

These Crocs Rock!

Once again, we decided to go off the beaten path… up north to Darwin, where you can find the largest proportional population of indigenous Australians of any Australian capital city. Just over 100,000 people live in Darwin making it one of the least populated cities in the Australian continent.

Saltwater crocodiles are so common here, more than 80,000 of them roam the waterways of Northern Australia, sometimes on the beaches. Yet you rarely ever see them. They bask in the sun during the cooler months but when it's warm, they bury themselves in the mud, under the trees in the shade.

Well, we'll have to find a way to see them, don't we? It’s too dangerous to go looking on our own, so we joined a Jumping Crocodile Cruise where the local guides entice them to leap out of the water!

I'm not kidding! Watch!
The crocodiles know these boats, they leave their place of hiding, knowing they may be fed.Leaping crocodile!
Wanna cuddle my pet?
Our indigenous Australian guide suddenly leapt out of the bus, returning with a frilled lizard. He started passing it around and I was just freaking out!


Unknown said...

Crocs - one of the few animals that I can muster no affection or care for.... I'm scared of them and find them awful :(

Blur Ting said...

To be honest, I fear and dislike amphibians and reptiles. But there's hardly anything else to do in Darwin, really....except for the nice flea markets.

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