AUSTRALIA — A group of men photographed swimming inside a baited crocodile trap have been branded the “idiots of the century” by local officials in Australia.
A series of photos posted to Facebook by Stacy W. Clayton show a quartet of grinning men swimming inside a crocodile trap at the Port Douglas marina in Queensland.
Local officials said the traps were set after a massive crocodile was blamed for a fatal attack in the area.
“These traps are specifically designed to attract crocodiles and they are deployed in places where a problem crocodile is known to be present,” a Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokesperson told ABC News.
“It is extremely dangerous to interfere with a crocodile trap, regardless of whether or not there is a crocodile within,” the representative said. “It is not an exaggeration to say that interfering with crocodile traps can be potentially life-threatening for the person concerned.”
Authorities said the men could face a hefty fine if they are identified.