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Old 12-01-2007, 07:21   #1
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croc attack

completely off the topic of boatbuilding but in my three years living in bamaga, top of cape york australia i dived everywhere, the guy that got attacked by the croc at adolphus was damn lucky, we used to dive there but only if we could see him on the beach, i always dived with locals when out crayfishing and you always swim with the dinghy and its the guy in the dinghys job to look out for anyhting with teeth and get you out of the water in time, only had one close scare when a 3m popped up 60m away we walked on water getting into the dinghy
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I recall a story in the Cruising World magazine awhile back where a couple anchored at some small island. The husband dived on the anchor and the wife could only watch as the crock killed him and dragged him away. A quick search on the net brings up on end of killer crock stories. YIKES!

In that we hope to cruise in that part of the world sometime in the future... Is diving on the anchor in crock country a death wish, or are there precautions that one can take. Perhaps there are situations where it's just better put all your trust in that favorite anchor and to hell with diving on it?

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Old 12-01-2007, 09:05   #3
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Hey you don't have to go to Australia for this adventure. Just try the creeks in S. Carolina or Georgia. Luckily it's mud and you don't need to dive on the anchor. I was never so scared as when I was anchored in the Pee Dee or Santee River (can't remember which) and eventually noticed all these beady eyes cruising across the creek. Didn't dare get out of the cockpit after that.
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Latest issue of Aussie Multihull Mag has a astory of a young girl attacked by a croc in northern Aus, she survived luckily.
Makes me glad I was born a Kiwi not an Aussie.
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...1/s1823380.htm
this is the croc i was talking about
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Yeah, it seems to me that the difference between the gators and the crocks, and particularly the "salties", is that the crocks are much more aggressive and will actively hunt you, while the gators are more opportunistic. Tend to be bigger too!? Actually, I think I'll pass on a personal interview with either one!
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Maybe mistook him for a pig ?

Sorry couln't help myself, and you're right, damn lucky.

Don't buy a lotto ticket, he's used up all his luck.


And I remember that story Greg S, Natives came out to the boat on dusk at PNG and ask "where mista " of the lady on board, sitting in the cockpit with eyes like dinner plates.

When they shone the spotlight onto a nearby bank , the croc is throwing her husband about ripping of lumps.

Most unpleasant.

This guy was the resident were we anchored in the Daintree.

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Swimming has now been banned in the lake in the Panama Canal because of Crocs. It used to be "strongly suggested" you didn't swim, but recently a guy was taken buy a Croc when he jumped off the yacht for a quick swim. So swimming has now been banned and a regular patrol by Authorities with Guns is carried out to ensure people don't swim.
Ummm, does that mean if you got caught you could be shot? :-)
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Good mud bottom

Some of the NQ residents will know better than me but my memory is that anywhere along the coast where you might find salties the bottom is good holding mud. No need to dive.
Some of the locals may also care to comment on the prevalence of crocs on the offshore islands.
Times may have changed but those times I was in NQ the most feared marine creature was the (Box jellyfish) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Locals believed that a full covering of the body (wetsuit, lycra stingersuit-very flattering) in the water is essential.
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Either way, sounds like swimming in Gatun has gone from a capital “idea” to a capital “offense”.
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Thar Be Monsters

Crocs, Sharks, Giant Sea Bass, whatever, once you leave your boat and get in the water you are just potential food. Good to be mindful of your whereabouts
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Crocs, Sharks, Giant Sea Bass, whatever, once you leave your boat and get in the water you are just potential food. Good to be mindful of your whereabouts
That's a biggy!


Recall seeing a documentary about the largest Great White caught in the Med, was meant to be around 16 Foot.

The fisherman was in a 14 foot boat so had to tow it back in........
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Yeah, That Mako was caught off of Newfoudland a few years ago. On a cruise to Maine this summer I ran into some commercial fishermen who spoke about a 13' Great White they caught in their nets last summer.
They are out there. Its both awe inspiring and a tad intimidating, fortunately the water in that area is so cold that there is not a lot of swimming going on BRRRRrr.....
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We don't like to kayak around the head of the bay in Mobile becasue the Alligators bump us to see if we are edible. When the season was reopened this past year a 20 footer was killed....by the only woman hunter. There have been 3 or 4 people killed in Florida in the last year... joggers or walking along the waterways, not swiming.
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Good God! You could hang a steak on the anchor and that bad boy could swallow it and about six feet of chain! No diving on the hook for me!
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