Would you swim this close to a 5m crocodile?

A SPECTACULAR photo of North Coast woman Franny Plumridge swimming just centimetres from a huge crocodile has gone viral on social media.

The Byron Bay "traveller, story-teller and videographer" has almost 7000 likes of this photo on her Instagram page, along with 600 comments.

Just a plastic tube separated Ms Plumridge from the 5m crocodile, which was at the Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin as part of the "Cage of Death" exhibit.


On her Instagram page, she described it as a "crazy and unique experience" to be able to swim and shoot with the "meaty 17-foot fella".

Ms Plumridge told the Daily Mail Australia that she felt "completely safe".

"A lot of people think that I should have been scared but it was more of a thrill and fascinating," she told the Mail.

"I have never been in close quarters with such a massive creature because they're usually at the bottom of a murky muddy pool of water."


The Crocosaurus Cove website explains that the Cage of Death is the "only cage in the world that brings you face to face with some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in captivity".

"Go it alone or grab a friend - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to share the same environment of one of the world's deadliest predators," the website states.

Topics:  byron bay crocodile darwin editors picks photographer

Axemen start season with bang in 9s

The Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast 9s final at Geoff King Motors Park was played between Group 2 rivals the Coffs Harbour Comets and the Orara Valley Axemen who won 12-10. Nines rugby league 17 February 2018 Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Promised improvement more than just empty words after Coffs Coast 9s

REVEALED: Rental numbers rise at the start of the year

RENTAL RISE: The number of residential rentals available in Coffs Harbour rose marginally since the end of 2017.

Coffs records marginal rise in number of rentals

Local Partners