Sunday, June 29, 2008

Oh look, a crocodile!

There's a new tourism facility opening in Darwin very soon called Crocosaurus Cove. It might sound like a great place to lie on a beach towel and soak up the sun while giant reptiles wander past, but it's actually going to be the equivalent of an aquarium for crocodiles. Big crocodiles - we're talking 18 footers here. And Big Gecko was contracted to assist with moving them from the Darwin Crocodile Farm into the new facility, situated in the middle of town. Don't worry, there will be pictures to come but for now I should relate a cautionary tale about driving large crocodiles down the highway on a Saturday! It's the kind of activity that can be extremely hazardous, but not for the reasons you might think. Catching and transporting the crocodiles is a piece of cake really, but getting one down to highway into the town centre without causing a major accident? Now that's quite a job! People nonchalently overtaking in the right-hand lane would suddenly realise they were overtaking a trailer holding a very large crocodile, slam on the brakes, and fumble around on the back seat for their mobile phone camera so they could show the kids, all while weaving around wildly. When they weren't taking their eyes off the road, their passengers were winding the windows down to gesticulate towards the crocodile in case anyone had failed to spot it. We even had cars slowing down in front of the towing vehicle, causing our driver to overtake just so they could take a photograph as it passed them.

And people think crocodiles are dangerous...!

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