Monday, June 25, 2012

Crocodile safety Windjana Gorge

One of the main attractions at Windjana Gorge is the freshwater crocodiles
swimming in the river and pools or sunning themselves at the water's edge.
Fresh water crocodiles are harmless but it was interesting to note that
although it was quite warm (around 28-30 degrees) there was no one in the
water swimming. Saltwater crocodiles (or salties as they are commonly
called) apparently are not found at Windjana Gorge.

Freshwater crocodiles are small with the females growing to about two metres
and the males up to three metres. It takes up to thirty years for the
crocodile to grow to that size and their maximum weight is about ninety
kilograms. The ones we saw were around the two metre mark but I doubt that
they weighed as much as ninety kilograms. They are not aggressive but
rather shy but we didn't take any risks. However they were quick to move
back into the water and swim away if people got too close to take photos.
Their teeth are razor sharp and we didn't want to carry an injury from one
of them.

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