AE 276.1 – AEVB: Wildman Talks About Being Crocwise

Learn Australian English in this Aussie English Video Breakdown where I break down the broad Aussie accent that Wildman uses when talking about being crocwise!


AE 276.1 – AEVB: Wildman Talks About Being Crocwise

Yeah, g’day folks Wildman here.

Down at the boat ramp on the edge of the Daintree River, and I’ve come across something that annoys me quite a lot.

We’ve got down here a heap of fish scraps, alright?

Some fishermen’s come along and decided he’d dump his baitfish here.

We’ve also got, and I’m not going to go too close to the water, there’s a heap of fish scraps all dumped in the water.

About 30 or 40 fish in there. And what happens now is crocodile comes along.

They come up onto the boat ramp to eat these fish. Someone reports it, poor crocodile gets removed, and quite often killed.

This sort of behaviour that needs to be taken responsibility for.

If you’re going to have people leaving their fish scraps they need to be fined and punished for it so it sends a message out that this behaviour is not to happen.

Crocodiles are getting persecuted for people’s stupid behaviour, and this is not a prime example of it.

This is what we’re talking about people. You do silly things in croc country bad things can happen.

If you be smart and they crocwise you have no dramas.

If you’re a fisherman don’t leave your bloody fish scraps on the boat ramp.

You’re a dickhead.


All right guys, so let’s talk a little bit about the context of Wildman’s video here.

So he’s come down to a boat ramp in Far North Queensland at the Daintree River, in the Daintree Forest, and there are lots of crocodiles that live in this area.

So, Far North Queensland, the monsoon tropics in the Northern Territory, as well as WA, Western Australia, there are crocodiles all across the top there.

So you’ll find them in the Kimberleys to the west of the continent, in the Kakadu area around the north of the Northern Territory, and then also in Far North Queensland on the east side of the country.

This is prime crocodile country. This is where you find them. Croc country.

So Wildman’s obviously come down to this boat ramp and he’s found these fish scraps that someone has dumped, someone has placed, someone has left, they’ve disposed of them and just left them out on the ramp right near the water.

And the problem is that if you leave dead fish close to the water, obviously, crocodiles that live in the area are going to see that as food, and they’re going to come up on to the boat ramps and come after the fish.

They’re going to want to eat the fish.

The problem is though that obviously if it’s a boat ramp, as opposed to just a riverbank where a dead fish is off in the rainforest, people are nearby.

And this is a big problem, because if crocodiles, in Australia at least, come close to humans quite often they either get removed.

So, someone will come in set a trap, try and catch the crocodile, and then take it somewhere that isn’t its home, and release it into the wild, which is obviously a good option, because the crocodile gets to live.

But it’s bad in that it has to find a new home. And it might fight with other crocodiles.

It might not be able to find appropriate territory. And it might get killed by the crocodiles.

And the second option though is that it may get euthanised, it may get put down, it may get killed by the authorities as a result of having come in contact with humans, because quite often these crocodiles are smart people think they’re dumb but they’re actually clever, and they can work out that a food source is going to be at a boat ramp, for example, quite often, and they will just keep coming back.

And this is where you end up with problem crocs, with crocodiles that learn this behaviour.

They associate food with people, and then they start coming too close to humans.

And it’s not good for the crocodiles, and it’s obviously not good for humans.

So, Wildman’s come down to this ramp. He’s irked. He’s a bit pissed off. He’s angry.

He’s a bit annoyed at the fact that some stupid fisherman has left all of these fish scraps, their bait fish or leftover fish from their catch on the ramp.

And they’ve also left it at the water’s edge.

So, it’s almost like there’s some down in the water to coax, to attract, some crocodiles to come up to the ramp and then climb up further on the ramp and get even more fish scraps.

So, this is really dumb.

It annoys the hell out of Wildman because he’s very passionate about native Australian animals and crocodiles in particular.

And he doesn’t want to see anything bad happen to crocodiles, and I’m sure as well he doesn’t want to see anything bad happen to the people here that are fishing.

Because obviously if you are a responsible fisherman who takes your scraps, your fish scraps, your bait, everything away at the end of the day, if you come to a location like this after someone else has come here and left their bait on the ground then you could be in danger as a result of someone else’s stupid behaviour.

And so, this is why he says this is a prime example of people being stupid, people needing to be punished for this sort of behaviour, whether it’s being fined.

They need to be… They need to take responsibility for this kind of behaviour and learn not to do it. And this is why at the end, he says if you’re a fisherman who comes and leaves his bloody fish scraps on the boat ramp that you’re a dickhead.

It’s just another way of saying that you are an idiot, a moron, a drongo, stupid.

So that’s it for this little breakdown here guys. I mean I’d do a few different things with this video.

We’ll see how it goes. I thought that I would just talk about it.

Give you a bit of background into crocodiles, where they’re found in Australia, and these kinds of situations, that sort of interface between crocodiles and humans and the interactions that happen.

And then I thought also that I would talk a little bit about his accent in some of the videos, and I’ll also go through and create some listen and repeat exercises for you to practice not only saying these sentences, but obviously, his accent or my accent based on whatever it is that you are trying to sound like when learning English.

So, I hope you’re enjoying it guys and I’ll chat you soon.

Peace out.


Yeah, g’day folks Wildman here.

Down at the boat ramp on the edge of the Daintree River, and I’ve come across something that annoys me quite a lot.

We’ve got down here a heap of fish scraps, alright?

Some fishermen’s come along and decided he’d dump his baitfish here.

We’ve also got, and I’m not going to go too close to the water, there’s a heap of fish scraps all dumped in the water.

About 30 or 40 fish in there. And what happens now is crocodile comes along.

They come up onto the boat ramp to eat these fish. Someone reports it, poor crocodile gets removed, and quite often killed.

This sort of behaviour that needs to be taken responsibility for.

If you’re going to have people leaving their fish scraps they need to be fined and punished for it so it sends a message out that this behaviour is not to happen.

Crocodiles are getting persecuted for people’s stupid behaviour, and this is not a prime example of it.

This is what we’re talking about people. You do silly things in croc country bad things can happen.

If you be smart and they crocwise you have no dramas.

If you’re a fisherman don’t leave your bloody fish scraps on the boat ramp.

You’re a dickhead.

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