Photographer, Alexandra Sailer captured a caiman that was basking in the sun in the tropical wetland of Pantanal, Southern Brazil, when the striking orange butterflies came to rest on its nose. Immediately irritated, the caiman tried to shake the butterflies off but they hung on tight and eventually it was forced to take to the water to wash them off. [Article]
brazil’s yacare caiman were once hunted to near extinction for their valuable skin, but thanks to a global ban on the trade, its home in the pantanal — the world’s largest wetland, situated along along the paraguay river — now supports the world’s largest population of crocodiles. the caiman, however, face new threats: deforestation, dams, tourism, mining and seaport development.
photos by luciano candisani, who notes that the caiman are neither aggressive nor fearful but, for the most part, approachable - especially when busy with the shoal fish seen here in the pantanal’s shallow, murky waters.