Ever witnessed a dinosaur? Sure you have if you have ever witnessed a crocodile basking in sunlight. But don’t let its demeanor fool you. These animals are the result of millennia of development, their species remaining virtually unchanged since the Cretaceous interval over 65 million decades ago. The Adelaide River are no exception.
Since they’re the perfect killing machine and perfectly adapted for their surroundings. While we have been adapting our bodies to get bigger brains, hair, and walk upright, these guys made it right the very first time. Why mess with perfection, correct? Adelaide River are a force to be reckoned with!
Of all of the croc species out there, the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) or even”saltie,” is the biggest and most dire. Saltwater crocodiles may weigh more than two tons and get larger! Saltwater crocodiles are opportunistic ambush killers with the bite of any animal. It’s a sound you will never forget when you hear a croc’s jaw snap shut.
Even though they may be found throughout India and Southeast Asia, the saltwater crocodile is thriving especially. The Adelaide River jumping crocodiles, in particular, are a few of the region’s specimens. “Jumping croc” excursions have become somewhat of a phenomenon here, where inquisitive vacationers load on a boat and see horror/fascination as these enormous crocodiles jump almost entirely from the water to nab food.
But before you receive dreams of Steve Irwin wrestling six-footers down and duct-taping their mouths shut for transportation that is secure, know that the Adelaide River are competitive and highly territorial, so your tour guide will soon do the feeding.
These guys are huge! Take a look for yourself.
It’s not unusual to observe crocs with eyes, lost limbs, or even heavy scars. They are capable of taking your arm off with 1 bite, which is the reason you must keep each part of the body that you wish to take back home with you at all times on the boat.
We joined a trip using Wallaroo Tours and watched in amazement as these giants leaped from the water for a turkey drumstick (seemingly their favorite snack). We had been told that included a albino one called 16-footers man, as well as other 10, 14, and Michael Jackson. We could literally find crocodiles as well as dozens of other people bandied across the river banks. Our guide told us that if a person happens to fall into the water, she or he would have absolutely no chance of getting it back to shore alive. But you are safe as long as you are on the boat. Accidents happen 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 and would like to undergo crocodiles jumping, you’ll be spoiled for choice whatsoever of the cruises available to you. We went with Wallaroo Tours, that was a combo day trip that included the croc cruise, a beautiful day in Litchfield National Park, and a champagne sunset. Just like Wallaroo, many tours include pickup and drop-off for your hotel in Darwin.
The question is, if you take action? The solution is YES! These animals evoke dread, awe, but most of all respect for being the world’s most successful predators. If you don’t need to cease here, see how I survived the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove at Darwin. Click here to see the full episode of this crocodiles.
Perhaps you have seen/ desire to observe the Adelaide River’s jumping crocodiles in the Northern Territory? Let us know what you believe. Leave a comment below!
Particular thanks to its official host of the 2013 NT Australia trip.