SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s resident five metre, 750kg MEGA CROC, Pinjarra, enjoyed a Christmas feast yesterday in celebration of his first Christmas at the attraction. This was the 50 year old croc’s first public feed since arriving at his new home in September and marks the final stages of his meticulous settling-in process.
Three well-trained SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium staff comprising Lead Aquarists Tereza Todd and Dylan White as well as Exhibit Manager Alison Edmunds, showcased their expertise as they conducted the feeding in their finest Christmas attire behind a specially constructed gate to ensure their safety.
From the Croc Team:
“A large saltie like Pinjarra is capable of propelling himself through the water at an amazing speed to catch prey. This combined with an incredible jaw power is what makes saltwater crocodiles such fearsome yet astonishing creatures,” explained Tereza.
“Pinjarra’s first public feed was a spectacular show of the animal’s strength and is incredibly exciting. Not only does it mark our first Christmas with Pinjarra but it also represents the final stage of his extensive settling-in process, which can take many months for large animals like this. We’ve been closely monitoring his behaviour since his arrival. Each day he’s exploring his new surroundings a little more, revealing something new about his personality, and lapping up the attention from his visitors!” added Tereza.
What’s on these School Holidays!
Visitors can come face-to-face with Melbourne’s MEGA CROC at the spectacular multimillion dollar Croc Lair exhibit, which features a full 360 degrees viewing experience across three spectacular viewing levels, a magnificent walk-through croc cave as well as sneaky heads-up bubbles and a look-out boat to spy on Pinjarra’s every majestic move.
With presentations and plenty of croc kids’ activities on offer throughout the entire school holidays including colouring-in and special touch and feel reptilian encounters, visitors can also spend hours discovering what makes these fascinating prehistoric creatures so special.
The jaw-dropping experience of Croc Lair is just one of 12 new amazing zones of discovery at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.