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Copyright: Mark Freitag (naga_laut) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 2 N: 63] (408)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-01
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Nikkor 70-300 f:4-5.6 G AF
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 15:48
Viewed: 2274
Points: 9
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I can hear the clock Capt. Hook!

The crocodile show in Koh Kong's Safari World is morbidly fascinating. As I stared through my viewfinder I was hoping the trainer would survive the show and that I wouldn't have a photo that was being sought by news organizations.

The trainers go through a process of desensitizing the croc by rubbing a stick over it's snout and through its mouth until it ceases snapping at the stick. Then they slowly open its mouth wider and wider until a head will fit in. The trainer does this 2 or 3 times a show, twice a day ... and he still looks very worried. Having already demonstrated the rapidity with which the crocs close their mouth, I don't think the trainer would have a chance to get out if the croc felt like a bit of dessert.

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Hi Mark,
Great shot, total madness, but I guess everyone needs to make a living.

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  • tober Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 18 N: 683] (8797)
  • [2009-01-07 16:01]

Hello Mark, that's a big big challenge indeed ! I've watched a similar show in a documentary film which was recorded either in Thailand or Cambodia. But the effect in your photo is much more dramatic which makes me put myself in that trainer's place.

Interesting shot which has a documentary value.

Regards, Tolga

Hi Mark
I dont know what to say about the trainers, I am an adrenalin junkie but this is madness.
But the picture is from a perfect angle and perfectly centeralised.
Well done

Hello Mark,
To the rest of the viewers: DON't try this at home! :))
WHy would somebody ever do this? There will never be enough training when dealing with wild animals uhmmm Steve Irwin?

Good documentary type photo with an informative note.


so adventure :o

gj guy :D


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