Don't get too worked up - crocs deserve respect, but be sensible and take basic precautions and you'll be fine. I've spent a bit of time in North Australia
, both ashore and cruising.
Crocs are generally timid, salt water
ones are not, and large ones, esp males, are known to defend their territory.
Crocs are capable of only slow speeds ashore - walk briskly, don't run and trip! Don't get between them and the water
- if caught out, give them room - they will return to the water given a chance, its where they feel safe. They can come out of the water 2/3rds of their body length in under a second - too fast to avoid- and that could be 3-4m or more! Use a bucket on a line to get water, do NOT lean over the transom/side or stand on the beach more than necessary!! When launching the dingy keep the dingy between you and the deeper water...
Swimming in some places is ill advised. Ask the locals. Crocs can learn routine - fish cleaning
at the same time/place for example is not advised. If you have fish
guts or bait in the dingy, they may try to find it to the detriment of the dingy and any crew. Don't hang limbs over the side - movement can attract unwanted attention.
Don't let the crocs put you off, or the crap you read online, about how they can run you down, hunt you etc etc. We used an inflatable
, which we were assured would be eaten (it wasn't), and had a great time. It is likely you will not even see a croc in the wild unless you deliberately look for them. They are ambush hunters and hide if given an opportunity. However, they are often mistaken for "logs" when floating on the surface!! Take care, just another risk to be managed on your voyages!!