Ever noticed a dinosaur? Sure you have if you’ve ever witnessed a crocodile basking in sunlight. But do not let its relaxed demeanor fool you. These creatures are the result of millennia of development, their species remaining almost unchanged since the Cretaceous span over 65 million years back. The Adelaide River aren’t any exception.
Since they are the perfect killing machine and perfectly adapted for their aquatic environments. These guys made it right the very first time while we have been adapting our own bodies to have bigger brains, less hair, and stay upright. Why mess with perfection? Adelaide River are a legitimate force to be reckoned with!
Of all of the croc species on the market, the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) or”saltie,” is the largest and most ferocious. Saltwater crocodiles may weigh over two tons and get larger! Saltwater crocodiles are opportunistic ambush killers using any animal’s most powerful bite. If you hear that a croc’s jaw snap closed, it’s a sound you will never forget.
Although they may be seen throughout Southeast Asia and India, the saltwater crocodile is flourishing particularly. The Adelaide River leaping crocodiles are some of the most impressive specimens of the region. “Jumping croc” excursions have become somewhat of a phenomenon here, where curious vacationers load onto a boat and watch with horror/fascination because these enormous crocodiles jump almost completely out of the water to nab food.
But before you get visions of Steve Irwin duct-taping their mouths closed for transport that is safe and wrestling six-footers down, know that the Adelaide River are territorial and aggressive, so your tour guide will soon be doing the feeding out of a fishing rod.
These guys are huge! Take a look for yourself.
It’s not unusual to see crocs with lost eyes, limbs, or scars. They are more than capable of carrying your arm off with only one bite, which explains the reason why you must keep each part of your body that you want to return home in any respect times to the boat with you.
We joined a tour together using Wallaroo Tours and watched in amazement as these giants jumped out of the water to get a turkey drumstick (seemingly their favourite snack). We were told that the crocs we saw included a rare albino one named Michael Jackson, in addition to additional 10, 14, and 16-footers, many of them man. We could literally see crocodiles in addition to heaps of others. Our guide told me that if someone happens to fall into the water, he or she would have zero chance of turning it back to shore alive. But thankfully, you’re safe as long as you’re on the boat. Accidents happen when people act and in 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 and would love to encounter crocodiles leaping, you’re going to be spoiled for choice whatsoever of the croc cruises that are available to you. We went with Wallaroo Tours, that was a combo day trip that included also a champagne sunset, a beautiful afternoon in Litchfield National Park, along with the croc cruise. Just like Wallaroo, many tours include pick up and drop-off for your resort in Darwin.
The question is, why if you take action? The solution is YES! These animals evoke awe, dread inspiring, but most of all respect to be the world’s most prosperous predators. In the event you do not want to the encounter that is croc to cease here, see how I lived the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin. Click here to see the full episode of this crocodiles.
Have you seen/ desire to see the Adelaide River’s jumping crocodiles in the Northern Territory? Let’s know what you believe. Leave a comment below!
Particular thanks Tourism NT, of our 2013 NT Australia trip.