National Geographic : 1996 Jun
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * SALTWATER CROCODILES U CAPE YORK PENINSULA Snapping Back Tow for Two at Crncnrdilps "I LOOKED AT THINGS only a vet erinary dentist ought to," recalls contract photographer DAVID DOUBILET of shooting saltwater crocodiles in Australia. "My first instinct, upon seeing those dinosaur teeth, was to flinch." Overcoming that urge in Airlie Beach, Queensland, Dave (above, at right) captures croc handler Rob Bredl-as Rob's 13-foot ward captures lunch. "To get some of the shots I wanted, I had to get so close that, for a time, the camera was sitting where the croc's food should have been. At the last possible minute, I'd yank the camera out of there. I guess that's the real meaning of 'bait and switch,' " Dave says. This story marks Dave's 41st GEOGRAPHIC assignment since 1972. He and his wife, Anne, live in New York City with their 12-year-old daughter, Emily. SHE WAS SO NEW to camping that Miami Beach native CATHY NEW MAN was offered lessons in lacing her hiking boots by her Australian guide, but the senior writer is a veteran of three collaborations with staff photographer SAM ABELL, at right. "He has a poetic sensibil ity," she says, "and such a wonderful sense of humor. That really comes in handy in the middle of nowhere, when your truck is hope lessly stuck in the mud and your fourth tow chain has just snapped." KERRY TRAPNELL NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON, D.C.20036-4688. $25.00 A YEAR,$3.00 ACOPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O.BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C.20013.