natgeoVideo: @melissalesh and @tbfrost | (turn on sound for mud sliding sounds and my camera taking pics!) A very large male saltwater crocodile slides down the muddy banks of the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory of Australia. This particular crocodile is named Gnasher for his very recognizable teeth, stained orange by the tannins in the muddy waters of the region. Gnasher is around 18 Feet long, about 2000 pounds (900 kg) , And is likely well over 80 years old. So he would have been a young crocodile during World War II. There is a chance of course he is even older and was alive even during the Great Depression! Saltwater crocodiles are extraordinary creatures, The great survivors, and I am Excited and humbled to have published this story on crocodiles and people and conservation with National Geographic online. Check out the latest @natgeoinsta stories right now to see some more video and swipe up to goto the full story or follow the link in my bio to read the full story. There are 31 never before published photos. This work was supported by grants from the National Geographic Society.
natgeo Video @melissalesh and @tbfrost | A 14 to 15 foot male saltwater crocodile slowly swims along the Mary River in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Mary river is famous for having the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in the world. On a 30 minute boat ride down some stretches of this river you can easily spot several dozen very, very large saltwater crocodiles. What I love about this video though is that it shows how perfectly crocodiles move through the water. Notice the only disturbance to the water is the small bow wave created by the crocodiles snout? Australians joke that they know a crocodile is big when it creates a bow wave when swimming. The reason they create such little disturbance when swimming is partly because the little ridges on their backs, called scutes, create cross currents that cancel each other out, allowing them to be the ultimate masters of stealth. I like to think of wildlife as super heroes, because they can do so much we can’t.
natgeoVideo by @tbfrost and @melissalesh It turns out even baby crocodiles have an itch sometimes! But be careful , if you itch too hard you might take a tumble.
The mosquitoes in the swamp where this was filmed were awful, almost as bad as the far north , places like Canada and Alaska and Greenland, and as you can see they bothered the crocodiles too. This baby saltwater crocodile (crocodylus porosus) is only minutes old, just hatched out of its egg and climbed and clawed its way out of the earthen mound nest its mother made about 90 days earlier. Most saltwater crocodile nests have 40-60 eggs, this one had about that , though only 15 or so ever emerged. And of those 15 it is likely that only 1 will survive to adulthood. The rest will be picked off by birds, snakes, pigs, and even other crocodiles. It is a tough life and northern Australia is a harsh place. In many cases the mother crocodile will guard her nest until the baby crocs hatch. She knows they are ready when they start calling from inside the egg at which point she will help dig them from the nest and even carry them to the water in her mouth. It Is not uncommon for the mother croc to then spend two months with her offspring to protect them
Lovely timelapse and drone tour takes you through the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia - something in here for everyone who follows this page, from saltwater crocodiles to timelapse night sky shots to outcrop and waterfalls. Original video caption:
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