Fear Conquering & Feeding Crocodiles

Fear Conquering & Feeding Crocodiles

So much #adrenaline that rushed through my body as I fed the #crocodiles in #Australia. I found it very #aspirational at how fascinating these creatures really are, the strength the speed is what shocked me the most.


Is anyone really crazy enough to lure sixteen feet of teeth and muscle out of the water with a chicken leg?

Yes. We are.

At Dreamworld -- Australia's largest theme park --that is just what we did.

Crocodiles at Dreamworld in Australia 
Crocodiles at Dreamworld in Australia 
The guides at Dreamworld in Australia 
The guides at Dreamworld in Australia 

Perhaps we're not as crazy or brave (stupid?) as we are making ourselves out to be since we barely had time to think about it.

Perhaps we're not as crazy or brave or stupid?

But is it any less insane because we had no idea we would be feeding crocs until just before we did it?

This is the kind of thing that happens when we let Queenslanders plan our escapades and stupidly say, "We're up for anything!"

We were expecting a day of gut-wrenching roller coasters and theme-park related fun (we did that too!), and instead found ourselves gut-checking our courage inches away from the jaws of death. All while strapped to a glass platform.

a day of gut-wrenching roller coasters and theme-park related fun

We began with a demonstration, safety talk/harness fitting, and waiver signing (... crocodiles ... danger ... not responsible for lost limbs ... name ... date) with the fabulous Alecia.

Concern began to sink in as she taught us proper feeding technique with a seemingly too-short, well-chomped-on pole.

After helping us prepare the croc food (in our newly-donned overalls with CROC FEEDER emblazoned on the back), Alecia handed us off to Chris, crocodile wrangler extraordinaire, who snapped our harnesses to the feeding platform.

Chris has a special relationship with these prehistoric-looking creatures. Still, he had no problem expressing his awe. "They can go from completely still to full speed in a blink of an eye. Yeah, it takes you by surprise sometimes."

Chris has a special relationship with these prehistoric-looking creatures

Crocodile foot at Dreamworld in Australia 
Crocodile foot at Dreamworld in Australia 

Coupling Chris's remarks with Alecia's careful instructions - "We are slowly lowering (the pole) to get them excited, and then we are slowly raising the pole up" - had us questioning the entire preposterous venture.

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"Full speed in a blink eye?" "Get them excited?"

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But securely latched to the platform we clung to the small comfort that the beast couldn't drag us into the water.

Look at how close we were, at Dreamworld in Australia 
Look at how close we were, at Dreamworld in Australia 

Part of the fun was that there was a crowd watching. Alecia manned a microphone, stirring up the masses.

We hoped against hope that the field trip-taking schoolchildren among the spectators would not witness the ultimate grisly demise of The GypsyNesters. That kind of thing could scar a kid for life.

Feeding the crocodiles at Dreamworld in Australia 
Feeding the crocodiles at Dreamworld in Australia 

Chris wasn't kidding about the speed of these critters. There's no rush in the world like being on the business end of a hungry croc's mouth. Less than a second ticks by - from leaping reptile to the other-worldly SNAP! as enormous jaws slam shut.

Lucky for the school kids, and us, the only casualties that day was some poultry, and a crocodile's hunger.

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