Dundee croc catcher’s sold on new Mick flick
CATCHING crocs with your bare hands is all part of working at the Lodge of Dundee for Daniel Sears, who wants to see another Crocodile Dundee film made.
The 42-year-old reckons he has the qualifications to star in the film after he caught a 1.5m croc that had walked into the campgrounds behind the lodge. "I think I should star in it," he said.
He said the #BringBackDundee campaign to create a new chapter in the legendary film franchise would show off the NT to the world and should be shot at Dundee Beach.
"I reckon, plus you've got the Finniss River down there where Sweetheart was caught, and there's crocodiles that swim past, I reckon it would be good," he said.
Mr Sears caught the croc which had come to within 30m of families camping at the lodge with his bare hands.
He said in the 18 months he'd worked there he hadn't seen a croc that far away from the creek.
Mr Sears said he no option but to risk it all and jump on the crocodile as kids were playing nearby.
"I came from behind it and just jumped on it and grabbed it around the neck and wrapped it up with my legs as well and just hung on," he said.
"It was really strong actually, stronger than I thought it would be."
He said it was the first time he had caught a croc and had taken inspiration from croc catchers like Mick Dundee and Matt Wright.
"I've seen them do it on TV and just thought it's got to be done because the kids are so close," he said.
After the campers and locals got their pictures and pats Mr Sears released the croc in the creek behind the lodge.
Dundee residents also backed the campaign to make another Crocodile Dundee film with one holiday home owner, Tammy Stephens, saying she would be an extra in the film. "We could be the bar flies," she said. "I reckon they should have it here, we've got the chance to promote Dundee (Beach)," she said.