Ever wonder what crocodiles leaping out of water to feed on hunks of meat hung from fishing rods looks like in slow motion? You're in luck!
Filmmaker Allan Dixon shot some spectacular footage of the crocs feeding at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove in Australia’s Northern Territory, an urban wildlife center home to more than 70 species of Australian reptiles and some of the largest saltwater crocodiles anywhere.
Visitors are able to feed almost 100 juvenile crocs from the top of the three-story, 200-liter aquarium, where Dixon captured the frenzied crocs catching air.
Also seen in the footage: the Cove's famous Cage of Death, an enclosure that allows two croc-watchers at a time to get a 360-degree, up-close-and-personal view.
Despite the sinister-sounding name, the Cage of Death is safe, though according to the park's website all participants (minimum age: 15) are "required an indemnity release form prior to the dive time."
In 2011, a cable on the Cage of Death snapped with two people inside. Staffers had to use a ladder to pull the people out of the cage.
"There was never really any risk to the people inside," Crocosaurus Cove general manager Mike Scott told ABC Australia. "There was no more access to the people by the crocodile than as is normal with the cage ... so they were in no more danger from the crocodile whatsoever."
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