Please don’t do this.
A group of four men who got photographs of themselves in a crocodile trap are being investigated by authorities, after their antics were shared on social media.
“I was absolutely gobsmacked, this is incredibly stupid and dangerous behaviour. I’m wondering if these fellows are vying for the idiots of the year award or the idiots of the century award,” Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu, told ABC Radio.
The trap, off Port Douglas Marina in Queensland, Australia, is predictably used to catch crocodiles suspected of lurking in the area. Bait is left in these traps, making it a pretty damn dangerous spot to be.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said in a statement it “condemned” the “stupid and reckless interference with crocodile traps.”
“It is extremely dangerous to interfere with a crocodile trap, regardless of whether or not there is a crocodile within,” according to a spokesperson.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that interfering with crocodile traps can be potentially life-threatening for the person concerned.”
The act of interfering with a crocodile trap is illegal too, with perpetrators potentially facing a more than A$15,000 (US$12,000) fine.
Also crocodiles, people.