Giant Crocodile leaping caught on camera

Leaping giant crocodiles are swiftly becoming tourist attractions in Australia , but how safe is it for the tourists or for humans in general when... More Below... Posted by on Jul 14th, 2011 and filed under Animals, Featured, Science, World.

Leaping giant crocodiles are swiftly becoming tourist attractions in Australia , but how safe is it for the tourists or for humans in general when these cold blooded reptiles become too comfy and lose their instinctive fear on man.

A cruise down Adelaide can get pretty adventurous and jaw-dropping upon witnessing a 5.5 meter crocodile leaping straight out of the water, going after a slab-of-meat bait tied on a long pole. Is this a treat for the tourists, or for the croc?

“It’s not natural for a crocodile to follow a boat, but if they know they are going to get an easy feed, then they become quite accustomed to it,” says Craig Adams, a reptile expert who runs Snake and Spider Safety Awareness For Employees (SSSAFE).

“It’s only the large crocs which have the confidence to track down a large vessel carrying humans or come up to a boat. We’re training them to come up and get their food. The danger is the crocs become comfortable around boats,” Adams added.

So what if a 5.5m, 2600-pounder expect a small boat to launch them their meal?  Can crocs get aggressive and topple down the boat for a full board meal?

Okay, you’re in a small boat with your son or dad, fishing. Reeling in the fish, you didn’t notice a croc’s already zeroed in your catch. You stand up, and as soon as the fish hits the air, Godzilla leaps after your fish…and arm.

Scary.