Thursday, February 16, 2012
Swimming with Crocodiles
If you're in the UK, tune in to BBC2 this Sunday 19 February at 9pm (after Top Gear) for Swimming with Crocodiles. Yes, that title is accurate. I travel to Botswana with UK adventurer Ben Fogle and we end up diving with some very large, wild Nile crocodiles in the Okavango. The first one I encounter ends up giving all of us quite a scare, because it comes to investigate us rather than the other way around. But the purpose behind doing this is not only to investigate the diving technique pioneered by Brad Bestelink and Andy Crawford, but also to learn a lot more about the behaviour and sensory abilities of crocodiles underwater. There's no better way of appreciating that than by entering their realm. It's one of the most remarkable projects I've ever been involved in.
For the second episode, which airs on 26 February, we investigate whether the same can be done with saltwater crocodiles here in Australia.