勇気あるまたは狂った? 4WD attempts notorious river crossing even as many giant crocodiles block the path
Terrifying footage has resurfaced of a 4WD making a treacherous journey over a notorious river crossing surrounded by at least half a dozen crocodiles in outback Australia.
The video filmed at Cahills Crossing at Kakadu in the Northern Territory was originally posted on チクタク almost two years ago is still doing the rounds on social media with more than 1.4million views.
The viral clip shows the driver chancing their luck by ploughing across the submerged crossing appearing unfazed by up to six saltwater crocodiles blocking the path.
The driver politely stopped on several occasions to give way to the predators before safely reaching the other side without incident.
Visitors and locals can be spotted in background closely watching the driver’s risky trek.
This driver’s up close and personal encounter with crocodiles at Cahills Crossing continues to go viral on social media
The drivers is among hundreds who have risked their lives driving over the crossing home to as many as 120 crocodiles.
Cahills Crossing is only a few metres wide but is renowned as one of Australia’s most dangerous bodies of water.
It is one of the best and most notorious places to see crocodiles in action and attracts thousands of tourists each year outside the wet season.
The best time to see them is between July to November.
‘Kakadu’s fiercest predators and the world’s largest reptiles, gather in large numbers around this causeway to feed on mullet and barramundi as the tide pushes in and over the road that leads into Arnhem Land,’ the Kakadu National Park website states.
‘Crocodile density increases dramatically during this time, all relative to the fish or prey biomass. With enough fish available around the crossing, a staggering number of crocodiles can co-exist, albeit observing the pecking order.
‘Large tides push muddy water and plenty of mullet upstream and over the causeway, providing the best setting for a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.’
The causeway is closed during the wet season from October to April.
At least five people have lost their lives in crocodile attacks at the river crossing.
A 47-year-old local man was killed by a 3.3 metre crocodile while walking across the river five years ago.
The most famous fatality was in 1987 when 40-year-old Kerry McLoughlin was decapitated by a crocodile on a fishing trip.
He was out fishing on the river with his son when he fell into the water.
He threw a beer can at a ravenous 5.1-metre croc as it approached him, but he was unable to escape up the riverbank, with the animal taking him down and decapitating him.
The 4WD driver made it to the other side of the crocodile-infected crossing without incident