Swimming With Crocs: Exciting Or Insane

I happened across an article on croc-swimming in South Africa on Coolest Gadgets. Much like the more widely recognized shark cage diving, "Croc Cage Diving" allows bold tourists the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of nature's most fearsome predators.

Sit in a wiry, thin metal cage with all kinds of openings next to multiple examples of 1,240-pound scaly, voracious gnarliness. Unlike shark cage diving, croc cages rely on snorkels, not scuba gear, opening them up to more participants. 


I have one question for the purveyors and participants of this activity: "Have you seen a crocodile's snout?" Their long, thin beaks covered in rows upon rows of razor teeth look like could twist and penetrate right through those spaces and gnaw half your arm before anyone up above was any wiser. Scary. 

This description from South Africa Venues isn't helping either: "Crocodile cage diving is clearly not for the faint-hearted. What makes this so daring is that these crocodiles are 4m long Nile crocodiles and are man-eating predators. They view humans as their prey! These animals are considered as super predators and have various adaptations to help them make the perfect kill. Hunting usually takes place in the water, where the crocodile will kill prey by drowning them" 

Wow, fun. 

Unless Crocodile Dundee or a survivalist from the Discovery Channel is joining me, I think I'll be skipping this extreme craze. But, if you want to give 'er a go, you can get more info from Cango Wildlife Ranch. Even if Croc Cage Diving isn't your bag, the Cango ranch is like an extreme zoo where you can find all kinds of endangered wildlife. And to be fair, since it's all handled in a zoo-like setting, croc diving is probably not as scary or dangerous as it sounds.