Ever noticed a dinosaur? Sure you’ve got if you’ve ever witnessed a crocodile basking in sunlight. But do not let its demeanor fool you. These animals are the result of millennia of evolution, their species remaining virtually unchanged since the late Cretaceous span over 65 million decades ago. The Adelaide River jumping crocodiles are no exception.
Since they’re the best killing machine and flawlessly adapted to their aquatic surroundings. While we have been adapting our own bodies to get less hair and walk upright, these guys got it right the very first time. Why mess with perfection, right? Adelaide River jumping crocodiles are a force to be reckoned with!
Of all the croc species on the market, the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) or even”saltie,” is the biggest and most dire. Saltwater crocodiles get larger than every other reptile on earth and can weigh more than two tons! Saltwater crocodiles are ambush killers with any animal’s most powerful bite. When you hear a croc’s jaw snap closed, it’s a sound you will never forget.
Although they can be seen throughout India and Southeast Asia, the saltwater crocodile is flourishing in the river systems of the Northern Territory, particularly in Australia. The Adelaide River jumping crocodiles are some of the region’s most impressive specimens. “Jumping croc” excursions have become a bit of a phenomenon here, where inquisitive vacationers load onto a ship and watch with horror/fascination because these huge crocodiles jump nearly completely out of the water into nab food.
However, before you get dreams of Steve Irwin wrestling down six-footers and then duct-taping their mouths closed for transport, know that the Adelaide River jumping crocodiles are territorial and aggressive, so your tour guide will soon be doing the feeding from a fishing rod.
These guys are huge! Take a look for yourself.
It is not uncommon to observe crocs with eyes, missing limbs, or even heavy scars. They are capable of taking off your arm that you wish to take back home on the ship with you in any respect times.
We joined a tour with Wallaroo Tours and watched in amazement as these giants leaped out of the water for a turkey drumstick (apparently their favourite snack). We were told that included a albino one called Michael Jackson, in addition to additional 10, 14, and 16-footers, many of them man. We can find crocodiles coming from every direction swimming towards the ship, in addition to heaps of others. Our guide told us that if a person happens to fall in the water, then he or she would have zero chance of making it back to shore alive. But thankfully, you are safe as long as you’re on the ship. Accidents occur when folks act and within their turf, we’re low on the food chain.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It doesn’t exist in nature.” –Helen Keller
If you find yourself in the Northern Territory and would like to undergo the Adelaide River jumping crocodiles, you will be spoiled for choice at all the croc cruises. We travelled with Wallaroo Tours, that was a combo day excursion that included a lovely afternoon in Litchfield National Park, the jumping croc cruise, along with a champagne sunset. Like Wallaroo, most tours include pickup and drop-off to a hotel in Darwin.
The question is, why should you take action? The solution is YES! These creatures evoke awe, primal dread inspiring, but most of all respect to be the world’s most successful predators. In the event you do not wish into the experience that is croc to cease here, see how I lived the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove at Darwin. Click here to watch the episode of the crocodiles.
Have you seen/ want to observe that the Adelaide River’s jumping crocodiles in the Northern Territory? Let’s know what you think. Leave a comment below!
Particular thanks to its sponsor of the 2013 NT Australia excursion.