IT was inevitable that less knowledgeable people than Grahame Webb would pour scorn on his suggestion that crocodiles in Darwin harbour be shot. I doubt whether Adam Britton was living in the Northern Territory back in the 1960s, before crocodiles became protected. If he had, he would know that they were actually frightened of people, and would steer clear of you if they saw you coming.
We used to swim anywhere back then. We would have midnight dips at Mindil beach, swim at any beach in and around Darwin Harbour, and in rivers and lagoons. I remember - in 1969 - swimming across Daly River with three others, none of us bothering for one moment about any threat from crocodiles. It would take time, but eventually crocodiles would learn that Darwin Harbour is not a safe place for them, and people are a threat to them, and they would stay away. Listen to Grahame Webb. He does know what he’s talking about. Les Whittaker, Larrakeyah