Friday, December 16, 2011

CrocLog Podcast - Episode 7

Episode 7 is now ready to be heard. Brandon and I recorded this one back in August while driving from Darwin to Kakadu National Park. We ended up calling it a "roadcast". The sound quality isn't quite as good as normal, but it's quite atmospheric. You'll hear that I refer to this as Episode 8 in the introduction. Please ignore that, it's definitely Episode 7.

Again the news items that we discuss happened back in August, but they are not time-sensitive and the discussion is still relevant. In this episode I interview Brad Bestelink and Andrea Crawford, two wildlife film-makers based in Botswana. Brad and Andy pioneered safe diving techniques with wild Nile crocodiles, as seen in "Into the Dragon's Lair" and their own film "Diving with Crocodiles". Brad and Andy invited me out to investigate this further, and I got a little more than I bargained for! The interview was conducted before I flew back to Australia. Brandon and I discuss diving with crocodiles in some detail, and we also discuss predatory encounters between crocodiles and tigers, other crocodiles, and even buffalo that turn the tables on crocodiles, and of course the inevitable encounters between crocodiles and people.

Here are links to a few of the stories that we discuss during the podcast:

1. Saltwater crocodile kills tiger in Sunderbans:

2. Crocodile fossils found in cave:

3. Crocodile bites swimmer who swam too close at Berry Springs:

Enjoy the podcast, and as usual please send any questions or comments you have to us. Please specify if you'd like us to discuss them during the episode. You can also join the discussion at the Facebook page.

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