There are twelve of them altogether. Mrs. Olive Vlasoff raises crocodiles just for an interest.?
There are twelve of them altogether. Mrs. Olive Vlasoff raises crocodiles just for an interest. Once a week the sound of her handclaps rouses them into activity. They know it means food.
Mrs. Vlasoff used to accompany her husband on crocodile shooting expeditions in far north Queensland. Now as a reminder of the hunting days she keeps these crocodiles in an enclosure on a 7 acre property in West Cairns.
This is George.
He's something of a rarity - a salt water crocodile - yellow with black spots. Mrs. Vlasoff has been offered 60 pounds for him.
George is 7 feet long and could grow to 14 feet. He's been in the pool for seven years, and so far has been sensible enough not to bite the hand that feeds him.
Mrs. Vlasoff says she is fond of the crocodiles but admits that there is not the usual affection between pet and master. Like all maneaters in captivity they have to be treated with caution. Ron Taylor of Sydney who has three times won the Australian spearfishing championship, has the same respect for... sharks.
While a five foot whaler shark playfully nips his rubber flippers, Taylor concentrates his camera on an eight foot Grey Nurse.
In this aquarium of Tweed Heads, Taylor was helping to shoot a film on the tourist attractions of Queensland's Gold Coast. The film which is being shot in colour is a 20 minute documentary to be shown throughout Australia and overseas.
Some months ago Taylor speared the Grey Nurse off a reef near Tweed Heads, but it survived a long tow to shore. Now, on film it will help sell the Gold Coast.