Jumping Crocodile by Erik Schlogl

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Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia.

502 views as at November 29th, 2011.

Why do they jump? DashTravels has a shot that shows why.

Nikon D300, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm at 95mm, ISO 500 in RAW, f/6.3 at 1/2500 sec, VR on.

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  • David DeWitt
    David DeWittover 5 years ago

    I wonder what you did to make him sit/stand up? Maybe it was to digest a large object!

  • Dangling a tasty morsel in front of its mouth will work every time!
    Thank you for all your kind comments.

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Scott Curti
    Scott Curtiover 5 years ago

    wow!!! what a shot! why did it come up like that? its amazing shot!

  • By dangling a bit of meat about 2m above the water.

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Scott Curti
    Scott Curtiover 5 years ago

    thats awesome! well great shot! not sure if i’ll ever try that. but great idea! lol

  • JagG
    JagGover 4 years ago

    Its as though you said ""Say Human"" to him when you took this exceptional photo.

  • Thanks for all your kind comments!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoover 3 years ago

    Just WOW! You must be thrilled with this one. I hope he becomes someone’s cowboy boots or a handbag before he eats someone! I can’t image living around prehistoric monsters. The things that nightmares are made of! Where I live we only have Great White Sharks. (Fortunately, they don’t walk on land!) Thanks for sharing that excellent (and scary) image. Good for you!
    Cordially, Ellen (waddleudo)

  • Thanks Ellen! You’re right in the sense that a lot more people a killed by crocodiles than sharks in Australia (though we have Great Whites, too), but on dry land you’re pretty safe – just don’t go too close to the water’s edge in crocodile country, and definitely no swimming (this picture was taken from a very solid boat)! As to the cowboy boots or handbag, well, hopefully not – crocodiles are protected species in Australia…

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Normf
    Normfover 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Incredible capture!!!!

  • Thanks Angie!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • DashTravels
    DashTravelsover 3 years ago

    Great shot. Well captured at just the right moment. The Adelaide River cruises are fascinating. I went many years ago and scanned one of my old photos for use in a RedBubble calendar.

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