If you are taking the boat out make sure that you remember to #becrocwise and stay safe on the water. Saltwater crocodiles have been known to sit underneath boats, waiting for dinner to be brought to them.
Crocs are curious and clever. They might remember that they have seen people at a certain place many times and that this might be a great spot to sit and wait for dinner to come on by.
Salties can hide in the shallowest water and will charge up out of the water to grab prey. Even the fittest person with the best reflexes won’t be fast enough to avoid them. Sometimes dinner can be an unwary wallaby coming down for an evening drink but sometimes the crocodile might be waiting for you!
If you are going camping this weekend take all your water with you or collect it from a different place each time. Stay at least five metres back from the water’s edge at all times.
Be Crocwise when you are camping with your family.
Salties are as keen on fishing as we are and they can smell a potential feed a very long way off. When they are below the surface they close their nostrils so the water doesn’t get in but when they are cruising about hunting they open up their nostrils and start sniffing!
Don’t get lazy when you are out fishing. Those fish frames and fish guts that you throw into the water or on to the bank can be smelt by crocs for up to a kilometre away and they will come looking for an easy feed. The person they find may not be you!
Help to protect others in your community, take all your fishing rubbish home, don’t call out to crocs. www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au
Stay safe and stay alert while you are fishing, you never know who might be watching!
A salties eyes are close together and point forwards, meaning they can judge distance very accurately. They see extremely well during the day and night. They have a protective, transparent, extra eyelid which moves across their eye when they go under the water. This means that they can see above or below the surface quite well.
A saltie has extra nerve endings on its belly and jaw. It can feel fish swimming past them in murky water and doesn’t need to see them to be able to catch them.
Crocs can stay hidden while they hunt, they can see you standing on the water’s edge or in the boat but you will not be able to see them.
Find lots of #becrocwise hints and tips at www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au
Commercial hunting of saltwater crocodiles started in 1945. Before this there were about 100, 000 crocs in the Top End but by 1971 there was only around 3000 left and they were almost extinct.
This was a huge problem because crocs are important to the culture of many Australians. They are also the biggest predator wherever they live making them important to the environment. Many tourists now come to the NT to see crocodiles and many people are employed in crocodile farms making crocs really important to our economy.
Salties were protected by international law in 1971 and since then their numbers have recovered. It is important to remember that things have changed since you were young. What was once a safe place to swim may now be home to a large saltwater crocodile.
Things have changed, #becrocwise
When you camp near a river, a billabong or on the beach make sure that you camp at least fifty meters from the water. Crocs have been known to leave the water at night to investigate a potential feed. The last thing you want on a peaceful evening with friends and family is unexpected and unwelcome guests.
Have fun and stay safe this weekend, #becrocwise. www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au