After months in Asia, we have now moved on to Australia season! Our first port was in Darwin on Halloween. A few friends decided to take it easy at a nice public pool near the ship, since we were all a bit sleep deprived after the Halloween party the night before. I opted to go into town and visit Crocosaurus Cove, a zoo of sorts, full of crocodiles!
There were crocs of all ages and sizes. I was able to poke my head up through a glass dome and be face to face with some babies. I walked under a massive crocodile swimming in a tank, but chose not to go in the Cage of Death, a glass tank that would put me in the water with him.
One of the most exciting parts of the day was feeding some of the young crocodiles. I dangled a fishing pole with ox heart over the glass wall of a small platform and waited, momentarily, for the crocodiles to jump up and get it. I shrieked quite a bit, but in retrospect, it was pretty cool.
The other terrifying but awesome experience was holding a baby crocodile named Fuzzy. One of the employees guided me through a photo shoot with him. I put him on my shoulder, draped him over my head, and even gave him a little kiss. Even though his mouth was held shut with a rubber band, I was uncomfortable with his face so close to mine!
We ended the day with lunch at a pub and a bit of shopping, then went back on board to catch up on sleep!