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Old Oct 27, 2004, 3:50 AM   #1
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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

Canon 10D, 100-400mm IS @ 365mm, 1/500s, F8, ISO 400

Was quietly sitting in a bird hide when this guy surfaced with his catch. Adults can reach lengths of over 5m and weigh in excess of 1000kg.
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Old Oct 27, 2004, 6:38 AM   #2
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great shot, they are truely scarey animals.



check out this story about a brave grandmother who saved a guy from a croc here recently

http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.a...%5E952,00.html
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Old Oct 27, 2004, 2:28 PM   #3
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Geeez, go grandma!

Salties seem to have the same temperament as the ones we have here. We have had a few fishermen etc with similar and worse experiences through the years.
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Fentastic shot:!:

Facts(reports)

Nile crocodiles are ecologically important as predators. They help the environment by keeping barbel catfish, which are predators themselves, in check. Barbels eat other fishes which are the diet of more than 40 species of birds. If birds leave an area because there are no edible fish, the amount of bird droppings, which provides nutrients for the fish, declines, and the food chain is disrupted.
Unfortunately, the Nile crocodiles' population suffers from pollution, hunting, and entanglement in gill nets

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