Why are there so many croc attacks these days?

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Ohhh.....that would be why
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 13:54

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 13:54
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Reply By: Roughasguts - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 13:55

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 13:55
what I don't understand is that crocs don't eat much maybe a quarter of a chook a day will keep them going.

So what are they doing with whole Cows and humans, I can understand the odd dog but the big things.

Are they just mean killers and kill for the fun.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:05

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:05
You could probably survive off quarter of a chook too....but I bet you take more than that home from the supermarket.
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Follow Up By: Roughasguts - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:12

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:12
Yeah I guess your right! looks like they should be eating more than that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:17

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:17
This meant in good taste OK.... no pun intended....

Mother croc to baby croc: Come on son, eat your human, they are good for you!
Baby to croc to mother croc: At least I don't have to eat brussel sprouts!

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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:27

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:27
as is ....

The tale of the starving young croc being told how to hunt properly .........

" stop barking and snarling before you attack ... you're only getting the shyte and the sandshoes "
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Follow Up By: Member - Noel K (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:37

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:37
Two blokes getting ready to go fishing on a muddy creek bank, one of them is putting on his runners. His mate says to him 'What are you putting them on for?" The other replies"There are crocs here you know." His mate says"But you can't out run a croc in mud!"The other replies"I know, but all I have to do is out run YOU!"
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:47

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:47
"Why are there so many croc attacks these days?"

Pretty simple really,
Being a "protected species", they are no longer under threat from humans, therefore have no reason to be wary of humans, so any human can be viewed as a potential meal..

Also, as a consequence of their "protected" status, their numbers are increasing, as a consequence of which their range must expand. They are regularly being sighted in areas in which they had not previously been seen as recently as 10-20 years ago (warm ocean currents may also have something to do with this)..

Add to this to the fact that there now far more humans venturing into crocodile habitat, so the odds favouring an "unpleasant encounter" have increased exponentially in recent times...






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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:59

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:59
Gday,
I dont know if crocs were ever scared of humans in the water?
They were probably a bit hesitant of boats when they were getting shot from them though. In saying that...dont think they dont get shot at anymore.....when they frequent peoples favorite fishing spots and boat ramps, and get a bit too inquisitive around boats they still go missing.

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Reply By: wild dog - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:00

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:00
Human stupidity is the answer to that question.

Sitting in the queue waiting for the Daintree Ferry, there's a croc warning sign there the size of a troopie.
A mother has her three small children paddling in the water, as the ferry arrives she calls the kids out of the water.
It's quite common to be on the ferry and see crocs in the water.

Even with a cull would you be prepared to swim in the creeks up here? I wouldn't, in fact standing close to the waters edge can be a risk.
The chap taken in the Endeavour was checking his crab pots which were set on the bank.
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Follow Up By: Pezza (Bris) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:06

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:06
Hi wild dog,
As silly as this sounds to you and me, in a lot of these type of instances it's not so much 'stupidity' as it is lack of knowledge.
A lot of niave people (mainly those city dwellers and backpackers) really do think that it is only dangerous if you are actually swimming in the water, they think they are perfectly safe to paddle in the knee deep shallows.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:32

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:32
Wouldnt bet on that pezza - most croc victims are locals who know full well

the latest victim is a classsic example - lived in the Daley river area but went swimming at 2.00am in that croc and shark infested water.

its likke the Myth that its city folk who die on country roads
- Not true its mostly country folk who die on country roads
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:12

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:12
I think it is all a result of decining literacy standards. No doubt this stems from a failure to teach phonics.
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:44

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:44
The Aboriginal people in Northern Australia until recent times spent a considerable amount of their time in the water as it supplied a fair bit of their tucker. Well the women did, the men did secret men's business.

They knew where the crocs were and kept a keen eye out for them. It has been said that should a member of their group be attacked, the other members of the party would retaliate with digging sticks, or other weapons, and shift the crocs attention from being an attacker to being a victim, and they would release their prey.

Supposedly the crocs learned through experience (operant conditioning), to keep away from these strange delicious looking objects, as they cause considerable pain, if you went near them.

Shooting had the same effect, and when crocs were declared as being protected as their numbers were on the decline. Since that time they have been on the increase, and this coupled with the increase numbers of people going into that area, has seen a rise in successful croc attacks.

It is said that you never see the one that gets you, though from all accounts, and photographs posted in this thread prove this, that people are taking extreme risks.

We sometimes go into areas where these animals exist, but we don't take any chances. No swimming, draw water with a bucket on a rope, don't fish at the same place, and if we catch any, we get right back from the waters edge before we try to disengage the hook & gut the catch.

I have an arrangement with crocs, same as the one I have with sharks. They don't get into my bath, I don't get into theirs.

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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:40

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:40
As an old bushman told me, "You'll be Ok around crocs son, if you remember that their one aim in life is to EAT you."
I could never go near em after that LOL
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 17:32

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 17:32
Hairy
Hows things down the cold end....

Crocs, because people do just do stupid things , in this top photo they were warned to move but refused to go,

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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 17:47

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 17:47
Looking at the picture we should just let these guys become contenders for the Darwin Award - it's the least they deserve.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 18:09

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 18:09
Gday Doug,
Yeah mate...its starting to cool down. Its was cold up the hill for the dawn service.

Wouldnt ya love to come past those tossers on the trap in a boat and tip them in? They wouldnt be laughing then!

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Follow Up By: tonbon - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 18:10

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 18:10
2 words, Natural Selection! If you behave like an idiot, expect to die like one. Sorry, thats harsh i know, but i cant tolerate stupidity.

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Reply By: Nutta - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 18:12

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 18:12
Crocs dont eat much, i think they take there feed back to their nest or wotever it is and the food sits in their and rots, they just go back for a snack here and there.
I could be wrong.
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Follow Up By: The Top End Explorer - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 19:15

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 19:15
Nutta yes you are right and wrong, They don't need much of a feed to get by, but the rest is put under a log or similar and used to attract fresh food EG : Dingoes, Pigs etc.

This was observed by the only person I respect when it comes to Crocodiles and their behavior Dr Grahame Web he has some 40 years of research.

Dr Grahame Web

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Follow Up By: Nutta - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 19:45

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 19:45
Always good to learn something new!
Cheers Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - John P (NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 22:30

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 22:30
Nutta, I have worked with the above mentioned Grahame Webb for the last 10yrs and can verify Top End Explorer's information.
I would add that crocs will eat a lot more than they need to get by as they don't know when they will get their next feed,and will lay it down as fat to draw on later.We often have crocs we capture in the wild who do not eat for 3-6months after we bring them buck to Crocodylus Park.
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