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Jumping crocs on the Adelaide River

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Seeing crocodiles in their natural habitat is one of the Top End’s undoubted highlights, and at the Adelaide River Crossing, 64km east of Darwin on the Arnhem Highway, you can join a jumping crocodile cruise. The spectacle involves enticing the river’s wild saltwater crocodiles to surge 2m out of the water to snap at bony offal on a string. While the cruises make it safe and easy to take great photos, it’s slightly worrying to think that the crocodiles are being trained to associate boats and people with dinner time. Sea eagles swooping in to snatch the meat from the crocs’ jaws add to the drama and – ethics aside – it’s an astonishing spectacle.

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