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Meet Eric (2) ... he would be delighted to make your acquaintance by Trevor Needham

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I took this off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia last year. The infamous Australian salt-water crocodile. Note this is NOT a zoo animal – it’s a for-real wild crocodile.

The crew of our ship told us this crocodile was named Eric. Confusingly, they then told us that all crocodiles in the Kimberley are called Eric!! Further proof that crocodiles don’t have much imagination. But at least when you meet one you know what to call it (nice Eric, please don’t bite my leg off)!

This one was about 10 feet long, not big by saltie standards but still big enough to make a fatal mess of you should it so choose.

It hung around our ship all day looking for handouts. I got some great shots and, especially, some great video footage.

I was perturbed to see the crew feeding it scraps from the boat. Not a good idea really. It encourages the animal to view humans as a source of food and also encourages the animal to follow boats around, which could put humans at risk and consequently could put the crocodile at risk as well.


  • Tollwut
    Tollwutabout 6 years ago


  • Thanks! :-)

    – Trevor Needham

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 6 years ago

    great framing! Brave photographer lol…..

  • Thanks, Wendy. Not so brave though – I was on the ship!

    – Trevor Needham

  • SaRaHKnOwDoG
    SaRaHKnOwDoGabout 6 years ago

    Phew ! Bugger that !
    Love the contrast ; )

  • !!!

    Thanks :-)

    – Trevor Needham

  • annemarieL
    annemarieLabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture – rather you than me!!!! LOL!!

  • I just love getting close to stuff like this. We went out croc-spotting at night and I got some great video footage.

    – Trevor Needham

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 6 years ago

    LOL – great find! I agree with you, feeding it off the boat is probably a very bad idea!

  • Thanks. I find it a bit sad the way we humans exploit nature, and this is just one example. Still, it gave me a great photo op (there you go, I’m one of the exploiters)!

    – Trevor Needham

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