Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to get into the water with some pretty amazing wild creatures, from playful manatees to spouting beluga whales. Now, however, there’s a new interspecies encounter I’m eager to add to my list of extraordinary experiences—swimming with giant saltwater crocodiles!
Much like shark diving, participants are separated from these toothy 20-foot-long beasts by protective enclosures. While these devices add a margin of safety, being submerged in either the clear acrylic “Cage Of Death” at Darwin, Australia’s Crocosaurus Cove or the metal basket used in the Croc Cage Diving Encounter at Oudtshoom, South Africa’s Cango Wildlife Ranch is still bound to get your heart pumping as you come snout-to-snout with these 2,500-pound “salties” that are among the largest reptiles on the face of the planet. Not to mention one of the few predators that consider us humans fair game!
If these commercial operations seem a little too tame for you, you can always look up these guys that get their kicks swimming with the equally aggressive alligators of Florida’s Everglades. But because they don’t use a cage—and because I need every reader I can get—let’s just say I don’t recommend it!
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