Enjoying the crest of a wave, this crocodile shut down Cable Beach
near Broome, Western Australia, one of the country's most popular tourist hotspots. The animal has been slated for removal to the nearby Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park. [Perth Now via Abroath
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to a research paper on crocodile genitalia, which included a really helpful diagram showing how the male crocs' penis works as part of an all-purpose mating/elimination hole called a cloaca. Now, with the help of reader Eirik Lande, you can see what those genitals look like in, er, action. The above photo is part of a series of shots Lande took of a 661-pound Nile crocodile named Samson (and an unnamed/weighed female partner) as they did what comes naturally in a tank at Bergen, Norway's, Akvariet zoo.
For clarification, that's the female on top in this shot, but they started out in a different position. In Lande's photos you can see the two crocodiles flip, with the help of a "death roll" style move near the end of their mating. That photo is a bit more explicit, but gives you a fairly clear view of what it looks like when Samson shoves his genitals out of his cloaca.
Last month, an adventuresome tourist was dropped by boat on the small, remote Governor Island off Western Australia. He planned to explore the island but quickly realized he didn't have enough food and water to sustain himself. So he decided to kayak the four kilometers back to the mainland. The problem was that every time he'd get ready to head out, a six-meter crocodile would stalk him. The man reportedly was stuck on the island for two weeks until a local noticed his light and rescued him.
"He said every time he got in his little kayak, which was only 2.5m long, this crocodile – who has lived there for many years and is a monster – has chased him," (rescuer Don) McLeod said.
"He was desperate for water when I trotted up. We gave him a cold beer, which was probably the wrong thing, and then he went to sleep about three-quarters of the way home."
"Crocodile stalked New Zealand kayaker on remote island in Western Australia"
image from Wikimedia Commons
A many as 10,000 crocodiles are "on the loose"
in South Africa following floods on the Limpopo river. [Reuters] — Rob
Daryn Hinton, who shared this YouTube video, explains:
Ross Kananga who did the stunt of running across the crocodile backs in the James Bond movie 'Live and let Die' was a friend of my brother Darby Hinton & I (Daryn Hinton). Wow he almost got killed a couple of times! Ross was a great guy!!!! Mark Trenchard whose mom was the production manager's secretary in Jamaica posted it to show us.
And, of course, you can watch the final shot in the completed film from 1973. It's one of my favorite 007 movies. (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)