What do you do when your homeward flight gets cancelled? Jump in the “Cage of Death” at Crocosaurus Cove probably isn’t the answer but it’s what we done. I’ve been buzzing to do this since I found out it was a thing. My childhood dream of cage diving with sharks has been cancelled so I was not letting this virus get the best of my crocodile dive as well.
Located in Darwin in the Northern Territory, Crocosaurus Cove is a small reptile park. If you’re looking to see crocodiles, turtles, snakes and lizards, it’s an excellent place to start. Croc Cove is also the home of ‘Burt’ the famous croc from Crocodile Dundee. There are multiple things to do at the park including the cage of death, feeding baby crocs and also holding a baby croc. There are plenty of feeding shows throughout the day as well.
The Cage of Death
Not nearly as scary as it sounds, the cage of death gets you up close and personal with Australia’s most fearsome predator… the crocodile. It’s a 15 minute experience, but one that will last a lifetime. It all starts with the usual safety briefing and signing a waiver incase anything should go wrong. Then it’s a case of getting ready and climbing in to a massive perspex container and being transported to the crocodile enclosure. We were lucky enough to go see ‘Wendell’ the largest croc at the cove. I’m not joking when I say, absolutely huge! At an impressive 5.5 metres (18ft) and weighing around 800kg, Wendell is truly magnificent. We got lowered into the water and 3/4 of the cage submerged. Watching the way this prehistoric creature swam around can only be described as elegant. Then the staff started giving him food and we got to see the true power in these animals. Absolutely insane! No wonder Steve Irwin constantly said “Crikey!”. For a croc that size you’re talking a bite force of at least 3,700lbs psi. To put that in context, we humans bite into a steak with an average bite force of 150 lbs – 200lbs psi. We got around 10 minutes under water, watching him swim and eat and then 5 minutes above water. This is when we came face to face with the dinosaur. As the staff presented food directly in-front of the cage, the croc came up and we got the closest look you can get to a crocodiles mouth without worrying that you might be the next snack.
I loved it. Absolutely loved it. What a thrill and what an experience. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever be to acting like my hero, Steve Irwin. Getting to see the power, beauty and nature of a croc up close is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Suzanne was a bit scared to begin with but she had such a good time as well and loved the experience just as much as I. Maybe next time I’ll convince her that sharks aren’t villains either. Time will tell!
I know media and films make crocodiles out to be monsters. That’s not true. Sure, they are territorial but so would you be if someone was messing around in your home. Crocodiles are absolutely beautiful creatures and deserve our respect and protection.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got to say for the Cage of Death at Croc Cove. Hope you enjoyed reading about it! We’ll see what happens in the coming days, as far as we know, we’re stuck in Darwin! More on that on the next post though. If you want to get my content sent direct to your mailbox, please subscribe. It’s free to do! Also, I’ve attached some of our photos below, check them out! I’ve got some brilliant Go-Pro footage but I’ll upload that another time.
Cheers for reading,