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Michael Jackson Is Going For Breakfast, Crocodile River in Carrara Park
30-NOV-2007

Michael Jackson Is Going For Breakfast, Crocodile River in Carrara Park

Look at the size of this crock ! He generated such violent waves and swirl during descent on the shore that our boat was bouncing back and forth. Every mature crocodile on the river banks has its own territory and they guard it very diligently while not allowing anybody else to intrude their hunting premises. Park rangers gave each one of them nicknames in honor of celebrities and bad guys such as Fidel Castro, George Bush, Saddam Hussein, Madonna, Elvis Presley etc. This one happened to be Michael Jackson and I believe for the reason as he viciously attacked our guide in an attempt to get free breakfast. This fella is about 50-60 year old and they live up to 75-90 years...

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blizzard31-May-2008 02:00
good job this is a super action shot may the best on PB
big big vote
Eldar Kadymov22-Apr-2008 16:43
An, they couldn't be mine as I was shooting over the top of the crock's head. This brave fella survived that vicious attack only because crock tripped over my lens during his jump and lost balance, while slipping back in to the river ! One could never get gratitude from anybody even for life saving...
an nguyen22-Apr-2008 15:54
I wonder these thin legs are yours? How you survive this close to this crock and lost only one lens.? If otherwise both legs or so are eaten , that may sound bad but more reasonable. Eh?
Eldar Kadymov05-Feb-2008 20:53
Sabine, I guess I should admit that his rage was caused by my infamous blue socks which I dipped in the river by pure accident ?! I was so pissed because of ruined lens that I went ballistic too and threw the lens in the river right after this incident... Yet, you know, there is a superstition that if you want to come back to the same place , you should throw a coin in the surrounding waters... I guess this was the most expensive "coin throw" wish ever ?!
Sabine Stetson23-Dec-2007 22:07
at least he did not get even more agitated by your socks....did
he swallowed the lens???
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Eldar Kadymov11-Dec-2007 19:52
They do, that's why I lost one of my lens, LOL !
dan dunn11-Dec-2007 19:48
I hope they dont like Russian food.....
Eldar Kadymov08-Dec-2007 22:43
Ann, I could easily touch him if I stretched my arm ! I just did not want to become part of his breakfast, however I should admit that this stunt does not meet any safety standards , LOL ! Some crazy guides ( mine did, and I will post picture of cayman taken 0.5 m from his snout ) in Costa Rica let people get on the shore with caymans and crocks and take their pictures in macro (!) mode, honestly I don't think it's right practice. Accidents are very common but also very often are not reported...This crock ruined my wonderful Sigma 17-70 lens when his tail splashed me all over, $500 loss...
Ann Cleeves08-Dec-2007 00:02
You mean you were in a boat in the same river as that croc??!! Gosh, you like to live dangerously!
Stunning shot..especially in those circumstances.
Eldar Kadymov07-Dec-2007 06:21
Amigo, I knew I could always count on you... This was the most horrifying experience during our trip, damn animal was 5 meter long and had no sense of humor whatsoever !
Michael Weinberg06-Dec-2007 23:31
Hello Eldar. I am surprised o evil why you do not know the real reason they named this big crock "Michael Jackson" is because of his appetite for evil itself... because this crock is "real bad." Here is the verse from the song "Bad" by Michael Jacson:

Because I'm bad, I'm bad.
Cause I run UPT.
(Bad bad-really, really bad)
You know I'm bad, I'm bad.
You know it.
(Bad bad-really, really bad)
You know I'm bad, I'm bad.
Cause I run UPT, you know.
(Bad bad-really, really bad)
And the whole world has to
answer right now
Just to tell you once again,
Who's bad...

Ciao, Michael.