The Danger of Saltwater Crocodiles can be underestimated – Be Croc wise!
Even though the danger of saltwater crocodiles is relatively small, and attacks towards humans relatively rare, when they happen, they are often fatal. It is crucial to know how to behave around waterways inhabited by “salties”. Don’t tempt your faith and be croc wise!
Since they can no longer be hunted, saltwater crocodiles are growing in number in the Northern Territory, and perhaps have never been this dangerous. Salties are very territorial, so as they grow in numbers, they can become more aggressive as competition for food increases. However, many people don’t seem to realise the danger of saltwater crocodiles. When visiting the Top End, make sure you stay well away from the water’s edge where salties might be present. Even if you see other people close to the water, fishing or swimming, always double check if it’s safe. They might be silly locals who think they know better 😉 It’s always better to be safe than sorry, because if a croc decides to attack, it’s pretty clear who will win. It is important to respect these large and powerful creatures in their natural environment!
Watch this cute video below to learn how to be croc wise. This is a great initiative to decrease fatal croc attacks.