There’s a Really Good Reason They Call This Terrifying Wildlife Attraction the ‘Cage of Death’

As you can imagine, children aren’t allowed to experience the Cage of Death.

Participants must be above the age of 15 to visit Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City, Australia, and submerge themselves underwater with gigantic 18-foot saltwater crocodiles. Even then, if you’re 17 and under, your parents have to sign a consent and indemnity form.

Since opening in 2008, this crocodile cage dive has been wildly popular, with tourists from all over the world traveling to this tropical city to get the living daylights scared out of them. Each dive gives you approximately 15 minutes to be locked inside the enclosure, which was made to fit two people max, and get 360 degree views of these creatures in their man made habitat. There’s a even a photographer present to capture pictures of the thrilling moments.

The Cage of Death is also a very educational attraction when you consider you’re getting the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most incredible carnivores without facing any real danger. If you were to ever find yourself this close to saltwater crocodiles of this size in the wild, you probably wouldn’t live to tell the tale.

Come to think of it, things could go wrong. Back in 2011, there was an incident where the cable to the cage went on the blink and two people plunged into the tank. The woman who was trapped inside became absolutely hysterical, fearing that the giant reptile was going to rip her to shreds, and rightfully so.

Thankfully, the croc that happened to be in there with them wasn’t too aggressive, or hungry, and the staff were swift to get them to safety.

As the website says, it’s definitely a “once in a lifetime experience.” Just hope you don’t start feeling claustrophobic once you’re in the acrylic cage. That’d sure be a terrible place to have a panic attack.

Images: Crocosaurus Cove

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