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

Trevor Needham

Kallaroo, Australia

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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.

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