Die "Croc One" wurde gebaut, um als weltweit erstes Schiff der Arterhaltung von (hauptsächlich) Krokodilen zu dienen. Steve wichtigstes Anliegen ist es, alle Arten von Krokodilen zu schützen.
Die "Croc One" gibt dir einen Einblick in die Welt der Krokodile. Die Crew der "Croc One" sammelt allerlei Informationen über die Wanderverhalten der Krokodile. Dies ist eine wichtige Arbeit, um die Tiere besser verstehen zu können und sie damit auch zu schützen.
Die "Croc One" ist nicht nur das größte Krokodil-Fang und -Forschungsschiff der Welt, sondern auch Australiens führendes Abenteuer-, Wildlife- und Expeditionsschiff.
Brian fing im Australia Zoo im Jahre 1995 an. Ausgebildet von Steve und Wes arbeitete er 10 Jahre lang mit dem Krokodilen im Zoo.
Brian nahm an vielen Krokodil-Projekten teil, sowohl in Australien als auch in Übersee und er arbeitete sowohl mit Süß- als auch mit Salzwasserkrokodilen. Seit Brian im Australia Zoo arbeitete, hat er bereits 3 große amerikanische Alligatoren transportiert und reiste für Krokodile-Rettungs-Arbeiten nach Ost-Timor, Vanuatu und Singapur.
1999 reiste Brian nach Ost-Timor, um dort Krokodile zu untersuchen, die die australische Armee gefunden hat. Die Gefangennahme und Umsiedlung dieser Krokodile kann man sich in der "Crocodile Hunter"-Episode "Krokodile der Revolution" ansehen.
Neben den Krokodilen liebt Brian es, Wildtiere zu retten. Er liebt das Surfen und tauchen und das auskundschaften der Unterwasserwelt.
Kate heiratete Brian im November 2005! Sie fing im Australia Zoo im November 2002 an, was irgendwie wie ein ganzes Leben zu sein scheint! Since then, she has had an exciting career as the head of Australia Zoo’s Wandering Wildlife Department, and has been involved in a number of field trips to help with the trapping and relocation of Crocodiles and other wildlife around Australia and overseas.
One of her most memorable expeditions was as a part of the Crocodile Rescue team that went to trap and relocate a mysterious problem crocodile on the remote outer islands of beautiful Vanuatu. The team stayed in a picturesque village with the friendly locals and learnt all about life in the Islands, as they taught the locals all about crocodiles! The team successfully moved the crocodile back to it’s original location to the relief of the villagers, and it was a memorable adventure for everyone.
Kate has also been lucky enough to participate in Zoo Crew training programs in Northern Queensland where she got to spend time trapping, tracking and surveying crocoldiles and their habitats in the beautiful National Parks of Cape York.
Previously Kate has worked for an American based adventure travel company running tours in the Fijian Islands and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. She has also taught English to Thai students in the beautiful mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand and travelled to Peru to hike the famous Inca Trail.
As one of Croc One’s Dive Masters, Kate is keen to dive the waters off the east coast of Australia. With a passion for travel and a love of wildlife, Kate has sure found her dream job on Croc One.
Building the Beauty
My relentless pursuit to conserve apex predators, my desire to rescue marine life, together with my passion for adventure and exploration, led me to design Croc One.
For a whole year I looked at, surveyed, and scrutinized boats from all over the world to fully prepare myself to create my ultimate vessel. As a boy I loved Jacques Cousteau’s famous boat Calypso, and this inspired a lot of the design features. I needed a solid hull with two serious cranes to endure the heavy duty croc and shark work I do. I’m always going up small tributaries, across tidal flats, sandbars and rock gorges, so I knew I would have to have twin keels reinforced with stainless steel. This would allow me to run it up onto anything, at any time, with no chance of rolling or hull damage.
I’m right into power, so I went for the biggest and best diesel engines on the market – not one, but two C18 1000 hp Caterpillar Engines, that provide more grunt than a herd of bull elephants. Mate! These engines just purr… and talk about power! Croc One could out-pull the Queen Mary! I absolutely love sitting down in the engine room and listening to those babies hum! She’s a little ripper!
Perhaps her greatest asset is the upper deck. I designed this deck to carry my croc dinghies, jet skis, and helicopter to ensure we’ve got all the vital gear to get the job done.
She has to live in the most remote parts of the world for months on end, so she is equipped with huge freezers, a cold room, storage and luxury accommodation - with four showers, three toilets and the latest and greatest navigational and communications gear.
The Irwin family history is steeped in wildlife rescue. My mum was a pioneer of wildlife rehabilitation, my dad, a mad keen herpetologist, and together we have spent out lives rescuing wildlife.
So during my design of Croc One, I knew she’d be doing local and remote wildlife rescues, of both marine and land based wildlife. Rescuing crocs is second nature, but rescuing marine mammals like stranded whales, injured dolphins or orphaned dugongs, is highly specialised and requires a skilled team and specific equipment.
Rescue is a great challenge for Croc One because of the race against time to save injured wildlife, the specialised skills of the on-board crew, and the ever present rough seas. She takes it in
her stride, and will always be there to help - 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Wildlife can count on her.
To be the world’s leading croc vessel, and have the ability to probe into remote wilderness for months on end, requires some specialised gear which all has to be carried by Croc One.
She can handle over 20 tonne of gear on her two decks. The upper deck holds two 14’ tenders (croc dinghies), two jetski’s, and two floating croc traps. The lower deck can handle croc traps, 2 shark dive cages, perspex shark tube, auxiliary fuel, two camp sites, and all the additional gear to back up apex predator research capture, or rescue.
On board she’s got two beautiful big cranes to haul large, heavy, (and sometimes angry) objects out of the water. With one crane on the upper deck, and one on the lower deck, we’ve got the ability to rescue whales or secure trapped crocs. Her diving facilities include a stack of tanks, B.C.D’s, masks, snorkels, fins, a compressor for refills, and the Dive Master’s, Brian and Kate.
With a lot of Croc One’s work she adopts a ‘mother ship’ role, giving the dinghies and chopper a great base to work off. Often we’ll set up a couple of campsites at the river mouths, on the beach, or in the jungle, to maximise our flexibility and comfort.