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Swimming face-to-face with a massive saltwater crocodile

Swimming face-to-face with a massive saltwater crocodile might not be everyone's idea of fun but thrill-seekers are snapping up northern Australia's new tourist attraction.

Tourists who want to get cozy with a crocodile climb into a clear acrylic cage, dubbed "the cage of death," which is about 145 mm thick and 2.8 metres high, wearing just a pair of swimming goggles and a swimsuit.

The cage has no bars, unlike cages used in shark dives, which prevents the reptiles from gripping on but deep teeth scratches are visible on the sides, deterring some hesitant participants.

The cage is then slid along runners over four crocodile pens, carrying a maximum of two divers at a time, and partly immersed in the water so swimmers can see the crocodiles under the water but also come up to the surface for air.

The attraction, located at Crocosaurus Cove in the heart of the northern city of Darwin in the Northern Territory, was given high marks by adrenaline-junkies.

"This is it!" said self-confessed thrill-seeker Mark Clayton from Darwin after spending 20 minutes in with the crocodiles.

"I dive with sharks, large rays, moray eels ... but it's not this close. It's exhilarating to get that close to a crocodile of that size."

Saltwater crocodiles, known locally as "salties," are the largest crocodile species, with the males growing up to 6 metres long and weighing up to 1000 kgs.

They are found in across Southeast Asia but the highest numbers are found in northern Australia.

Michael Scott, who opened the attraction in July this year, said there is plenty of demand for the A$83 thrill with the venue even boasting one celebrity croc, the 5.1 metre long Burt who starred in the Australian movie Crocodile Dundee and nearly ate actress Linda Koslowski's character.

"In the Northern Territory, the saltwater crocodile is an icon and is part of our life. They are always in the news, either in someone's swimming pool or killing someone's favorite horse," Scott told Reuters.

However he said "the cage of death" was not for the weak hearted but for those who like to dice with danger and enjoy activities like bungee jumping or swimming with sharks.

"It's for the adrenaline junkies," he said.

Although saltwater crocodiles are dangerous, fatal attacks on humans are rare in Australia with only one or two reported a year and warning signs displayed at rivers, lake and beaches in areas inhabited by crocodiles.

The most recent fatality was reported last month in Queensland when the suspected remains of a British man were found inside a crocodile. Arthur Booker, 62, was last seen checking crab pots on a crocodile-infested river in the state's north.

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Added: Dec-27-2008 Occurred On: Dec-26-2008
By: slither65
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  • Win-win situation.... the croc gets a nice warm meal, and one less idiot walks the earth.

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    • How is it a 'Win, win situation'?

      The cage is actually a tank that is made out of 6 inch (145mm) thick bullet-proof acrylic Perspex. It's 9 foot (2.8m) high and closed at the top and bottom.

      Here is a better photo of it:

      So I am pretty sure that a croc won't ever hope to inside of it.

      The cage has no bars which stops crocs from being able to grip it. You might get a few crocs bumping it around a bit, but I think you are very safe inside that cage.

      Gr More..

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    • *sigh*

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  • What a croc.

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  • You're just a wealth of information, aren't you Pro?

    Lighten up...

    It's not exactly a "cage of death" as the description implies now, is it? It's more like a cage of non-death...

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    • The attraction is known as 'The Cage of Death' and Im fairly sure there would be an instant death if those people were not protected by the cage.

      So usually when a human has such close contact with a hungry aggressive crocodile is death right? So I can understand why they might call it a 'cage of death', I dont know why you cant.

      I'm sorry that and that this didnt satisfy your very insensitive personality, and you feel so disappointed about the lack of real danger or blood & gore or in thi More..

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  • "you feel so disappointed about the lack of real danger or blood & gore or in this article.

    So, we're must be a bunch of wimps out here in Australia rights?"

    Thank you. I couldn't have said it better. I've already established that it is not a cage of death at all, but a cage of life, also. Try harder to understand this elementary concept.

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    • Dont try picking and choosing only what you want to from my comment, quote my comment in its entirely and not 'part thereof'.

      I am still waiting for you to come out here to Australia and show us Aussies how the "Cage of Death should be really done, ya trolling little wimp!

      Posted Jan-11-2009 By 

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    • I'll pick what I want and you know, there's not much you can do about it. I bet that really chaps your passive/aggressive arse, doesn't it.

      As for me coming down there... Um.. sure.. be right there man. Throw some shrimp on the barbie and crank up the Paul Hogan movies to stoke your Aussie machismo.

      What a tool... calling someone a wimp on the internet from thousands of miles away. Funny stuff. Keep at it!

      You are awesome dude... really! A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

      I'm ROLFLing at all of More..

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    • Get a Grip Flip!

      I see you haven't got a sense of humour or enough intelligence to see past my sarcasm have you?

      As for the movie "Crocodile Dundee", Did you ever realised the producers had to dumb the movie down to make it marketable in the USA? I guess they had to do the same for the UK market as well huh?

      Posted Jan-15-2009 By 

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