When Documentaries Attack

Just in case you didn't get your crocdylian fix today, here's a clip from the documentary "The Crocodile's Revenge" that I stumbled across while on YouTube which I remember watching as a kid;

I haven't seen it in years (and I'm going to have to get a VHS player if I want to), but I recall the program quite vividly, especially since much of the documentary was made up of dramatizations of actual crocodile attacks in Australia (although they were much more well-done than similar reenactments on the Discovery Channel these days). In fact I remember a few attack reconstructions that featured young people partying at night, and oddly enough about 1/3 of crocodile attack victims in Australia between 1971 and 2004 had some amount of alcohol in their system when they were attacked (ranging from just a sip to staggering drunk), and it does seem that many people are attacked when they don't think twice about where they are or what they're doing in crocodile-inhabited areas. I know much more about shark attacks than I do crocodile attacks, but I have been meaning to write something up on the science of such encounters. They may be common fodder for documentaries and appear on the news every now and again, but it often seems that the sensationalist aspect of attacks keeps the science on the sidelines. Hopefully I'll be able to help rectify that to some extent soon.

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