Daring filmmakers swim with crocodiles

Bold filmmakers have swum with crocodiles wearing nothing but flimsy wetsuits designed to convince the animals that the divers are reptiles.

The daring wildlife enthusiasts wear the special suits that mimic the crocodile’s scaly skin and block the body’s electrical current so they can capture the reptile’s natural behaviour.

Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante and cameraman Mark Romanov explain that they are both ‘reptile nerds’ in the video showcasing the intense footage, filmed in June this year.

It starts with footage of the powerful crocodiles attacking other animals and each other, before revealing the filmmakers getting up close an personal to six colossal reptiles.

Mr Galante said: ‘The theory was by looking like a crocodile, acting like a crocodile, we might actually be a little bit safer and be able to get closer to the crocodiles.

‘I don’t know if those things played into it or not, but either way we got really close to the crocodiles and we were safe.

‘When I was swimming with the crocodiles I was in this excited, tranquil, nervous, happy state all at once – I mean it was just every kind of emotion you can imagine all at once while being in the water.’

Both Forrest and Mark are hiding the exact location of their filming so other people do not try and replicate their astonishing crocodile discoveries.

And in some of the rare footage, one of the filmmakers appears under the water wearing nothing but swimming shorts as he aims the camera at the powerful beast just a few inches away.

Mr Romanov said: ‘These creatures are just phenomenal, when you see them up close, the power they have, the grace they have, it’s incredible to see.

‘We’re always looking to show stories about animals that people haven’t seen before.

‘This was a really interesting one to us because it showed animals, that are thought of as dangerous, in a capacity that we could interact with them.’

It was nothing but their love for crocodiles that inspired the team to get so close to the sneaky predators.

‘Both Mark and I are huge reptile nerds, we both grew up having tons and tons of reptiles and the crocodile is the ultimate reptile,’ Forrest added.

‘So in our quest to make this nature film, and to explore this new perspective of crocodiles, we found this clear water area.’

With up to six crocodiles swimming around them at one time, both Forrest and Mark had to remain on high alert.

Mr Galante added: ‘Mark and I would really like to stress that this is not something for everybody.

‘We are trained professionals, we’re wildlife biologists – this is what we do for a living.

‘This is not something that just anyone should go out and try and jump in the water with the crocodiles. You will get hurt or you will hurt the animal.’

The footage forms part of a longer film the team are making called Dancing with Dragons.


Article by James Dunn for MailOnline, Published on Daily Mail