Crocodiles instill fear in most people at any size. But crocodile conservationist, Romulus Whitaker’s fear is that the most colossal of these creatures might no longer exist. Rom suspects that human hunting may have selectively killed off crocs surpassing 20 feet in length. A sad fact considering the sophisticated adaptations and body design of crocodiles have helped them outlast even dinosaurs.
In Supersize Crocs, Rom takes viewers along as he sets off on his own hunt to find the last of the leviathans. Venturing to Ethiopia’s Lake Chamo, the riverbanks of India’s northern border with Nepal, and to the Adelaide River of Australian outback, Rom hits the hotspots of supersize croc habitats as he searches for signs of life among the brackish waters. Rom will share with viewers his insight and fascination with the cryptic world of crocs. Along the way, viewers will learn about ancient croc survival skills as well as how crocs are ideally designed to be the most successful freshwater predator.
Will he find his supersize croc among the three titans of the croc world: the Nile crocodiles, saltwater crocodiles and gharials? Tune in to find out.
Online content for Supersize Crocs was originally posted February 2007.
Production Credits Print
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIGITAL MOTION
DIGIMORPH, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
DR ADAM BRITTON
BULLO RIVER STATION
CORROBOREE TAVERN, ADELAIDE RIVER
CROCODILE BANK, CHENNAI
CROCODILE FARM, ARBA MINCH, ETHIOPIA
DALLAS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
DARWIN CROCODILE FARM
FAMILY OF CAPTAIN JACK SAMMONS, C&GS;
FLORIDA HOSPITAL ORLANDO
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
ST AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM
TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT ASSOCIATION
RED VISION BRISTOL
DR EMILY RAYFIELD, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
FILMS AT 59
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
HD Online Editor
Main Title and Series Graphics
Original NATURE Theme
Executive in Charge
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DANIEL B. GREENBERG
Photos on "Crocodile Secrets of Survival," and "Croc Anatomy" by Rom Whitaker. Photos of Rom Whitaker by Richard Chambers. Wallpaper photos by Rom Whitaker and Ted Giffords
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