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North Johnston Crocs


North Johnston Crocs
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Copyright: Thomas Sautter (mjdundee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 0 N: 287] (1207)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-07
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-13 4:16
Viewed: 4016
Points: 4
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North Johnston - or Freshwater Crocodiles live in Rivers all over the tropical north of Australia. Although they were sighted first in the North Johnston River in north Queensland, near Innisfail, I spottet them here in the Fitzroy River in the West Kimberley's WA. When you enter Windjana Gorge a sign says: 'These waters are inhabited by North Johnsotn Crocodiles up to 4 m in size. They feed on fish and are not suspected to attact humans if not disturbed.'
No fence, no ranger, no protected walkways - you simply walk along the river banks and if you are 3 meters in front of the trunk you realize it has teeth and a open mouth. All the other trunks in the water are crocs as well. I took this picture with a 70 mm lens as close as 8 meters being aware that these reptiles can be as quick as 40KM/H for a short sprint - if they like. It was a very refreshing experience although I didn't take a swim. If you visit the Kimberley in July& August the reptiles often take a bath in the sun in order to regulate their body temperature because water in the creeks, rivers and pools is very cool in this time of the year.

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To Jancie: No fear - never!mjdundee 2 04-13 16:22
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I loved reading your notes Thomas. Os can be quite a scary place to wander around! This is a very interesting shot with the crocs right there. But have any humans been killed there? Lovely scenic shot too. Well done.

I don't think I'd get tooo close,just to be safe.
I just wrote to Steve Irwin (croc hunter) at Oz zoo.
(My little brother works there as well).
Thanks for posting.

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