The theme parks 'cage of death' that drops tourists into a crocodile's lair
Without the cage you wouldn't stand a chance swimming with a massive saltwater crocodile. But for brave punters who still want to get cosy with a feisty croc, a new Australian tourist attraction is offering the chance for a close encounter in the safety of a clear acrylic box dubbed the 'cage of death'. Just 4cm of acrylic, a pair of goggles and a swimsuit, will separate thrill-seekers from the jaws of Choppa, a saltwater crocodile.Close encounter: A tourist dives into a cage partially immersed in a crocodile pen at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia. The cage has no bars, unlike cages used in shark dives, which prevents the reptiles from gripping on but deep teeth scratches are visible on the sides, deterring some hesitant participants. Top End tourists climb into the clear box before being lowered into Choppa's lair. They then spend 5 minutes inside the 9ft high cage and watch Choppa, who lost both front feet while fighting other crocodiles, trying to take a bite out of them.
*We have the warning signs everywhere up here, and crocs are seen in our river all the time, not 500 meters from the CBD. It's just a part of life here. With all the flooding up north (62% of QLD is now declared a disaster zone!!) crocs are simply cruising down the main streets. We're so lucky to have avoided any damage so far, but with another cyclone brewing, you never know!*