A DANISH tourist has earned the ire of Australian wildlife authorities after astonishing video emerged of him climbing on top of a monster 650kg crocodile in the Northern Territory.
Niels Jensen, who claims he’s been dubbed “Danish Crocodile Dundee” by his mates, filmed the death-defying stunt while travelling through a wildlife park east of Darwin.
In a video uploaded to Instagram, Mr Jensen, 22, feeds the 4.7m saltwater crocodile a wallaby carcass and as the animal is eating, he climbs on top of its back.
The wildlife management graduate said while it was a thrill, he understood it was risky behaviour.
“After seeing what a crocodile is capable of doing, I don’t think it was dangerous, I know (it was),” Mr Jensen told Caters News Agency.
“Even with a crocodile like this that (is) used to humans, is it a scary feeling sitting on something that could kill you in a fraction of a second.”
Mr Jensen said he had never seen a saltwater crocodile before coming to Australia, where he has been travelling after completing his studies.
“I love being outdoors and seeing new species. When I got the chance to work with crocodiles I had to go,” he said.
He regularly shares daring encounters with wildlife on social media, earning him the nickname “Danish Crocodile Dundee”.
“I don’t consider myself that, but a lot of my friends do,” he said.
“In my opinion I am just doing what I like. But not many people understand why I’m doing it.
“Most of them call me a little crazy for travelling Down Under to wrestle with crocodiles.”
But the monster croc stunt landed Mr Jensen in a bit of trouble with the NT’s Department of Tourism and Culture.
The department’s acting director of wildlife operations Tracey Duldig urged other tourists to be smarter around crocodiles, especially saltwater crocs — the largest of all living reptiles.
“Saltwater crocodiles are large and potentially dangerous animals and we encourage everyone to be crocwise at all times,” she said.
“The behaviour shown in this video is dangerous and reckless and we do not support this type of interaction with crocodiles.”
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