Supersize Crocs

About

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

Television Credits

Narrated by
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Director
RICHARD CHAMBERS

Offline Editor
DARREN FLAXSTONE

Online Editor
RICH ADAMS

Dubbing Editor
IAN BOWN

Dubbing Mixer
BRIAN MOSELEY

Original Music
BARNABY TAYLOR

Photography
DUNCAN FAIRS

Additional Photography
DAVID WRIGHT
SHEKAR DATTARI
TED GIFFORDS
JAMES BICKERSTETH

Sound
JOHN BRADLEY
ROBIN SHAW
V. SUNDARESWARAN

Researcher
CLAIRE WHITBY-SMITH

Production
RADHA NARAYANAN
DAVID POSTLETHWAITE
ADAM SCOTT

Archive Sources
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIGITAL MOTION
DIGIMORPH, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
FOOTAGE FARM
CREATAS IMAGES

Special Thanks
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
FRANZ RANACHER
JOHN BRUEGGEN
KAKADU SAFARIS
KENT VLIET
RED JACKAL
ST AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM
TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT ASSOCIATION

Graphics
RED VISION BRISTOL
DR EMILY RAYFIELD, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Post Production
FILMS AT 59

Producer
ANDIE CLARE

Executive Producers
HARRY MARSHALL
LAURA MARSHALL

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producer
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Assistant
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Online Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Main Title and Series Graphics
PMcD DESIGN

Original NATURE Theme
ALEX LASARENKO
tonal, inc

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A production of Icon Films and Thirteen/WNET New York in association with National Geographic Channel International

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
KATHY SVITIL

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

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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