Day 102 – What do you reckon? Is the water safe?   5 comments

© mike moruzi | insearchofstyle.wordpress.comCrocs. Salties. Estuarine crocodiles, if you want to be formal about it. Whichever name you prefer, you’ll want to give them a bit of space. The females can grow up to 4m long; the males, a stunning 7m. The big ones can take down cattle or horses. If you’re travelling in the top end of Australia, you might want to read up on crocs before you go for a swim in that picturesque billabong.

The Kakadu National Park (in the Northern Territory) Visitor Guide says “Estuarine crocodiles are dangerous. They have attacked and killed people. They inhabit most areas of water in Kakadu National Park including floodplains, freshwater billabongs, creeks, rivers, and coastal areas. In most locations, crocodile warning signs tell you not to enter the water and to keep away from the water’s edge. Obey signs warning of crocodiles. If you do not see a warning sign, assume that crocodiles are present.” It goes on to say “Due to the risk of crocodiles in the park, the only public place we recommend you swim is in the Jabiru swimming pool”.

Okay. So I guess swimming is out then.

Most places that have water have a neon yellow warning sign about crocodile safety. (Do click through – it’s definitely worth it! I particularly like the picture of the crocodile eating the swimmer.)

Nice. I’m getting the hint that there might be crocs.

We walked past one of these neon yellow signs on our way down to a very quiet, secluded billabong with barely a ripple on the surface of the water. We were the only people there and there was no sound at all. It was all just a little bit too quiet – vaguely sinister. I could easily imagine the crocs sitting just below the surface of the water watching us as we looked out over the billabong.

The eerie silence was disconcerting, so we (OK – mostly me) took a few pictures and headed back to the car. As we passed the neon yellow sign, a family of about seven people were heading out toward the billabong wearing their bathers and carrying towels! The father approached us and said something like “you reckon the water is safe? You didn’t see any crocs, did ya?”. His wife just rolled her eyes while the kids all questioned their dad and his ideas about swimming. After sharing our thoughts on swimming (definitely a “no”!), we watched them head off down the path.

We didn’t stick around to see if they all came back.

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5 responses to “Day 102 – What do you reckon? Is the water safe?

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  1. Hey Mike,

    Very cool photograph and interesting post! I love the darkness of this photograph and how it seems quite menacing. This was a great story to add to the visual. Thanks for sharing with us,

    – Nate

  2. Hi Mike,
    I think if you approach slowly and talk quietly they will know that you are not going to hurt them and then you should be good to go!

  3. Awesome mood again, Mike. Tell me this is not what you’re using for the wedding shots?

  4. Holy smokes! I’m from south Louisiana and have encountered quite a many alligators but this looks like an alligator on steroids who feeds on radioactive materials. The eye on that thing puts an exclamation point on the whole thing. Love the tone color on the water too.

  5. Yikes!!!!!!

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