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Cahills Crossing Crocodiles: Kakadu National Park photo shows hidden danger at NT causeway

A casual family holiday photo has revealed the hidden dangers lurking in Australian waters when a skillfully camouflaged crocodile floats by at an infamous river crossing.

Rob and Nat Stupka, who are touring Australia with their two children, visited Cahills Crossing – a famous causeway on the East Alligator River, in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park – on Tuesday.

The family of four chose to stay on the newly built observation deck in the hope of seeing crocodiles and keeping a safe distance from the river.

Cahills Crossing is only a few meters wide, but is considered one of Australia’s most dangerous bodies of water, as it is home to around 120 crocodiles, some of which are up to five meters long.

It wasn’t long before the Stupka family spotted a crocodile swimming against the rocks, but it quickly disappeared by camouflaging itself in the surrounding trees and water.

The family spotted the camouflaged crocodile (pictured) as it swam among the rocks at Cahills Crossing on the East Alligator River, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

The family, from the south coast of NSW, shared photos of their visit to The Graying Nomads’ Facebook page.

“The photo was taken to show the kids the crocodile hiding among the rocks because they couldn’t locate it,” Nat told Yahoo News.

The crocodile’s head was depicted just above the water as it lurked next to the rocks.

The crocodile was almost invisible in a second zoomed-out photo of the same area, proving how difficult it is to spot the stealthy predators.

“It looks identical and the color is exactly the same as the rocks,” Rob said.

Ms Stupka said the crossing was normally busy with tourists, but she only saw a lone fisherman just meters away from the crocodile.

While there are plenty of warnings for tourists to keep their distance from the water’s edge, travelers continue to risk their lives by getting close to the crossing.

In a second zoomed-out photo of the same area, the inconspicuous predator disappears from view (pictured)

In a second zoomed-out photo of the same area, the inconspicuous predator disappears from view (pictured)

In a second zoomed-out photo of the same area, the inconspicuous predator disappears from view (pictured)

Video from July 29 showed huge crowds, including children, at the edge of the crossing — and many even dipping their toes in the water.

Up to 200 tourists were seen hanging along the banks of the river, unfazed by the crocodiles, leaving ABC Radio host Leon Compton stunned.

“Someone is going to die, given the behavior I saw at the intersection yesterday – it’s only a matter of time,” Mr Compton, who visited the area, told the ABC.

Mr Compton said there was supposed to be a barricade on site to separate tourists and crocodiles, but it was under construction at the time.

Despite signs saying the crossing was closed, he said many decided to head for the waterfront.

“It was so ridiculous. It would have been a stampede if a crocodile had shot out there,” he said.

The site of Kakadu National Park has been marred in the past by a tragedy in which a man was killed in 2017 trying to cross the dangerous area on foot.

In 1987, 40-year-old Kerry McLoughlin was decapitated by a crocodile while fishing in the area.

And last year, a group of tourists were forced to swim in crocodile-infested waters after their Subaru Forester got stuck in the river.

‘Someone is going to die’: shocking footage of tourists ignoring crocodile warnings in Kakadu

Serious security concerns have arisen after hordes of tourists thronged the banks of a crocodile-infested river in Kakadu National Park, where people have already died. “Someone is going to die,” said Leon Compton, who is on holiday in the Top End with his family. 📸 Leon Compton Full story: https://ab.co/3PLHN6U More Darwin news here: https://bit.ly/DarwinNews Listen to ABC Radio Darwin here: https://bit.ly/DarwinRadioLive

Posted by ABC Darwin on Thursday, July 28, 2022

Cahills Crossing (pictured) in Kakadu National Park is home to 120 crocodiles and is one of the most dangerous bodies of water in Australia

Cahills Crossing (pictured) in Kakadu National Park is home to 120 crocodiles and is one of the most dangerous bodies of water in Australia

Cahills Crossing (pictured) in Kakadu National Park is home to 120 crocodiles and is one of the most dangerous bodies of water in Australia

Ms Stupka said the crocodile she saw appeared to be used to human activity and did not move as vehicles passed through the intersection.

“A couple of cars crossed and the crocodile just stood there, didn’t even move out of the way,” she said.

The upgraded observation deck opened Sept. 28 and includes a picnic area and three viewing platforms connected by a rainforest walk.

Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said the $3 million upgrade provided visitors with a safe vantage point to watch crocodiles in Kakadu.

A driver had to stop and wait for crocodiles to pass by (pictured) at the infamous Northern Territory spot

A driver had to stop and wait for crocodiles to pass by (pictured) at the infamous Northern Territory spot

A driver had to stop and wait for crocodiles to pass by (pictured) at the infamous Northern Territory spot

WHAT IS CAHILLS CROSSING?

The infamous Cahills Crossing is only a few meters wide, but cuts through one of Australia’s most dangerous bodies of water.

Together with changing tides, the water current is strong enough to topple vehicles, and it serves as a breeding ground for saltwater crocodiles.

Dozens of drivers attempt to venture across the flooded crossing, but some end up being washed into crocodile-infested waters.

Many have lost their lives, including fishermen, children, photographers and backpackers.

Crocodile expert Grahame Webb said that for every crocodile you can see, there are 10 you can’t see.

The most famous fatality on the Crossing was in 1987 when 40-year-old Kerry McLoughlin was decapitated by a crocodile while on a fishing trip.

Rangers once counted 120 crocodiles in the four-mile stretch around Cahills Crossing.

There have been five deaths in the area so far.

Sources: Venture North and news.com.au

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