Crocosaurus Cove lets tourists swim with crocodiles

Cage of Death allows swimmers to get face-to-face with the toothy reptiles

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Woman is inches away from a crocodile’s gapping jaws at Crocosaurus Cove but is safe. Photo is a screen grab from the video

At Crocosaurus Cove in Australia, tourists can to swim with saltwater crocodiles--big, intimidating, jaws-full-of-teeth crocodiles--and can get so close they can see down their throats. Often they come face-to-face with the dangerous crocodiles.

They do so in something called the Cage of Death, which is bit of an oxymoron since the cage is a tube made of clear, thick acrylic designed to protect swimmers from hungry crocodiles.

Caters News Agency released video about Crocosaurus Cove and how the Cage of Death works:

Crocosaurus Cove, located in Darwin City, is said to have the world's largest display of Australian reptiles. One way to observe the huge saltwater crocodiles is being lowered in the Cage of Death.

Handlers then feed the hungry crocodiles in front of the cage thereby giving thrill-seeking tourists an up-close-and-personal experience, much like cage diving with great white sharks.

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Two tourists show off with crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove. Photo from Caters News

"People have a mix of fear and excitement when they enter the cage," a Crocosaurus Cove spokesman told Caters News. "The fear of not knowing what to expect and the excitement of getting so close to an animal this big."

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Tourists can view crocodiles underwater or above water at Crocosaurus Cove in Australia. Photo from Caters News

One crocodile named Chopper is 86 years old, stretches 18 feet in length, and enjoys a varied diet of buffalo, chicken, beef heart, and fish.

"He loves to get close to people entering his enclosure and has been known to snap at the cage," the Crocosaurus Cove spokesman said.

Which is quite all right as long as the Cage of Death doesn't live up to its name.

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