Apparently, you have better odds off surviving in the sea with sharks than in a river with just one croc. Perhaps, that is why there are tours where you can get up close and personal with sharks within the safety of a shark cage (which sometimes may not be as safe as one thought) and not up close and personal croc tours. Oh, wait. Actually there is! As it turns out, you can get up close with crocodile too and the place where you can put yourself in a heart-pounding situation is Cage of Death at Australia’s Crocosaurus Cove, located in Darwin City.
Obviously, when facing a reptile that has a potential bite force of over 3,000 pound per square inch, a shark cage is not going to cut it (because it will probably cut through the metal like hot knife through butter, duh). So, no. Cage of Death is not actually a cage; instead, it is a transparent glass tube. Good thing. Cos’ getting up close with this salt water variant of the ultimate killing machine does not justify losing a limb or two. As you can see from the images, you will be immersed in water as the tube dip right smack into the middle of the croc’s playground.
From there, you will get 15 minutes of bonding time with the 5-meter-plus long prehistoric creature that is probably wondering how to make a meal out of you. But, not too worry. You are safe within the glass tube confine, plus it is fed regularly, so it is not hungry for anything that moves (probably) and also, you’d be able to check out its dinning etiquette. The tube can hold up to two person with room to spare, and so, if you need a company to stare death right in the eyes, you can.
Be warned though, it is not cheap. The Cage of Death experience, which is part of the full reptile themed pack, commands a hefty 170 Australian dollars (roughly US$130) per person. On top of that, the experience is limited to 11 sessions per day and therefore, if you want to have a go, be sure check the availability and book the ticket(s) in advance.
Images: Crocosaurus Cove.
via The Red Ferret.