Ever noticed a dinosaur up close? Sure you’ve got if you’ve ever witnessed a crocodile basking in sunlight. But don’t let its demeanor fool you. These creatures are the result of millennia of development, their species remaining virtually unchanged since the Cretaceous Period over 65 million years back. The Adelaide River jumping crocodiles aren’t any exception.
Since they’re perfectly and the perfect killing machine adapted to their environments. These guys made it right the first time while we have been adapting our own bodies to possess bigger brains, less hair, and walk upright. Why mess with perfection? Adelaide River jumping crocodiles are a genuine force to be reckoned with!
Of all the croc species on the market, the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) or even”saltie,” is the largest and most ferocious. Saltwater crocodiles get larger than any other reptile on earth and can weigh over 2 tons! Saltwater crocodiles are opportunistic ambush killers using any living animal’s most powerful bite. When you hear that a croc’s jaw snap shut, it’s a sound you will never forget.
Even though they can be seen throughout Southeast Asia and India, the saltwater crocodile is flourishing in Australia, particularly in the river systems of the Northern Hemisphere. The Adelaide River jumping crocodiles, in particular, are some of the most striking specimens of the region. “Jumping croc” excursions have become a bit of a phenomenon here, where curious vacationers load onto a ship and watch with horror/fascination because these huge crocodiles jump nearly completely from the water into nab food.
However, before you get visions of Steve Irwin duct-taping their mouths shut for transport and then wrestling six-footers down, know that the Adelaide River jumping crocodiles are highly territorial and aggressive, so your tour guide will be doing the feeding.
These guys are huge! Take a look for yourself.
It is not uncommon to observe crocs with lost limbs, eyes, or even deep scars. They are more than capable of taking off your arm with only 1 bite, which is the reason the reason you must keep each part of your body which you want to take back home to the ship with you in any way times.
We joined a trip together using Wallaroo Tours and watched in amazement as these giants leaped from the water to get a turkey drumstick (apparently their favourite snack). We were told that the crocs we saw included a rare albino one named most of them man, in addition to other 10, 14, and Michael Jackson. We can literally find crocodiles coming from each direction swimming to the ship, in addition to dozens of others. Our guide told us that when someone happens to fall in the water, then she or he would have absolutely no chance of turning it back to shore living. But you’re safe so long as you are on the ship. Accidents occur when people act irresponsibly and within their turf, we are low on the food chain.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.” –Helen Keller
If you find yourself in the Northern Hemisphere and would like to encounter crocodiles jumping, you’re going to be spoiled for choice in any respect the croc cruises. We went with Wallaroo Tours, which was a combo day excursion that contained a beautiful day in Litchfield National Park, the jumping croc cruise, and also a champagne sunset. Much like Wallaroo tours include pick up and drop-off to your hotel in Darwin.
The question is, why should you take action? The solution is YES! These monsters evoke primal dread, awe, but most of all respect for being the world’s most successful predators. In the event you don’t wish into the experience that is croc to cease here, then see how I survived the Cage of Death in Crocosaurus Cove at Darwin. Click here to see the episode of this jumping crocodiles.
Perhaps you have seen/ desire to observe that the Adelaide River’s jumping crocodiles in the Northern Territory? Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below!
Special thanks of our 2013 NT Australia excursion, Tourism NT.