Gathering Crocodile Eggs to Hatch

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Aboriginals collect crocodile eggs, part of their native culture.<br />
I've never hunted for crocodile eggs with aborigines before. The day before we had gathered about 140 eggs from 3 nests and the croc had slithered off before we got there.  Aborigines just use a big stick or paddle to defend themselves from charging crocodiles and the first day there were two men armed with sticks.  As we walked toward the nest I patted their shoulders and told them I was standing behind them and they had to protect me.  They monitored my movements and kept themselves between me and the nest.  The next day, however, the sticks were manned by kids and the first nest we found was empty of eggs and no longer had a croc guarding it.  When we came up on the second nest the boat ran up against a log and we all had to jump out into the water to get to land.  Carrying cameras always puts you a couple of steps behind everyone else.  When I jumped into the water, the kids with sticks were already a couple of yards in front of me.  The only thing I really remember after that is seeing this huge gaping mouth of a crocodile coming right at me.  I knew they could run fast but I remember thinking "how do they see where they're going with all those teeth lifted up in front of their eyeballs?"  The boys were far enough ahead that they could run to the right.  The crazed animal only had one brain loop operating at that moment... It wanted to get to the water... I was still in the watery rut at the edge of the river and the only thing in its way.  I only had two options: jaws or water.  In panic mode, I chose the water option and the real fear came about one second later realizing I am in water with an angry crocodile.  There is some discrepancy about the size of the crocodile.  Rule of thumb is that an 8 foot crocodile can take a man if they are both in the water.  Estimates from 3 witnesses vary from 7 to 10 feet.
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