Croc One is not only the greatest crocodile capture and research vessel in the world, but also Australia's premier extreme adventure, wildlife, and deep probe expedition vessel.
I have personally hand picked the Croc One crew to ensure she performs at the highest possible level. I'm very, very proud of all three crew members. They are multi-skilled, keen, energetic, safe and totally passionate.
Justin is Croc One's top new Capitan! A boat builder by trade, he's skillfully worked the boating industry in construction, logging many years of experience on the water both in Australia and overseas.
More recently, Justin has been travelling overseas for the last ten years, captaining various vessels through the Bahamas and Caribbean and across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean seasonally. He returned to home to Australia, to find Croc One in need of a makeover, and a Capitan! A job he's perfectly suited for, and located just around the corner from his beautiful family in Mooloolaba.
Justin has a love for animals, and marine life too, so the opportunity to now be a part of the marine research and rescue team holds many exciting and unknown adventures ahead. He's always on standby for emergency whale, dolphin, shark and turtle rescues and to transport rehabilitated marine life and sea birds to their release sites into the wild.
|Justin and Briano releasing a green sea turtle back to the wild
||Justin driving from the fly bridge on Croc One
Brian has been the Crocodile Hunter’s back up since he started at Australia Zoo in 1995. Hand picked and hand trained by Steve and Wes, Brian has worked with crocs for an amazing ten years.
Brian has participated in many crocodilian conservation projects both in Australia and overseas, and worked with Fresh and Saltwater Crocodiles. Since working at Australia Zoo Brian has transferred three large American Alligators, and travelled to East Timor, Vanuatu and Singapore for Crocodile rescue work.
In 1999 Brian travelled to Timor to investigate some crocs the Australian Army had found. The capture and relocation of the crocodiles in East Timor can be seen in the Crocodile Hunter Documentary: Crocodiles of the Revolution. Brian has spent time overseas working with local villagers in Vanuatu by educating them about problem and rogue crocodiles. He instigated the trap and relocation of a rogue crocodile in Vanuatu that had been washed over 900km from its home island.
Australia Zoo is proud of its long relationship with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Brian has often been called up to assist with trapping and relocations of nuisance crocodiles in North Queensland. Most recently, Brian worked directly alongside Steve for the ‘Crocs in Space Program’ which included the capture and attachment of satellite trackers to over 33 saltwater crocodiles, and he has also helped to relocate a 15 foot False Gharial in Singapore with Steve.
Apart from Crocodiles, Brian loves rescuing wildlife and he has lost count of how many kangaroos, koalas, emus and snakes he’s rescued over the years. Brian loves surfing and diving, and as a qualified Dive Master, Briano loves spending time under the water checking out the marine life.
|Brian and Steve restraining a crocodile
||Brian helping restrain a crocodile
Kate started at Australia Zoo back in November 2002, which seems like a lifetime ago now! Since then, she has had an exciting career as the head of Australia Zoo’s Wandering Wildlife Department, and has been involved in a number of field trips to help with the trapping and relocation of Crocodiles and other wildlife around Australia and overseas.
One of her most memorable expeditions was as a part of the Crocodile Rescue team that went to trap and relocate a mysterious problem crocodile on the remote outer islands of beautiful Vanuatu. The team stayed in a picturesque village with the friendly locals and learnt all about life in the Islands, as they taught the locals all about crocodiles! The team successfully moved the crocodile back to it’s original location to the relief of the villagers, and it was a memorable adventure for everyone.
Kate has also been lucky enough to participate in Zoo Crew training programs in Northern Queensland where she got to spend time trapping, tracking and surveying crocoldiles and their habitats in the beautiful National Parks of Cape York.
As one of Croc One's Dive Masters, Kate is keen to dive the waters off the east coast of Australia. With a passion for travel and a love of wildlife, Kate has sure found her dream job on Croc One.
|Kate on board Croc One
||Kate as the head of Australia Zoo’s
Wandering Wildlife Department