August 13, 2014

Croc Tail

Photograph by Mike Korostelev, National Geographic Your Shot

"I met this crocodile face-to-face underwater," writes Your Shot member Mike Korostelev. "There was only my underwater camera between it and me."

Having long dreamt of photographing a crocodile in its natural aquatic habitat, Korostelev traveled to Banco Chinchorro, Mexico, a biosphere reserve in the Caribbean Sea and a breeding ground for American crocodiles. "We lived in a fisherman's hut that stood right on the sea on stilts. During the day we searched for crocodiles, which swam out of mangroves to hunt fish. This one was quite friendly and showed its beauty all around."

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63 comments
Tim Goodwin
Tim Goodwin

what do you mean by friendly? did he let you touch him?

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Great photo Mike. If you're up for a challenge, Brutus, a 6 metre saltwater croc lives off the coast in the Northern Territory here in Australia. He's photogenic, but very fast and always hungry!

Chad Hobby
Chad Hobby

Wow I've never seen a crocodile from this perspective up so close

Janice H.
Janice H.

Wow! This photo is magnificent!    In this shot it sure looks like it  is an ancestor of the dinosaurs!      

Sungyoung P.
Sungyoung P.

A dynamic frame like a scene of a monster film, and wonderful angle's fantastic shot!


Carlos C.
Carlos C.

Very nice photo of this sexy reptile!

It quite reminds to me Godzilla.

chris cella
chris cella

Ballsy. Glad you got it and not the other way around.

Dorota G.
Dorota G.

lucky you ;)  beautiful !!!

Shannon T
Shannon T

A friendly crocodile... that is a beautiful thing. Kudos for being daring enough to get so close and get a wonderful shot.

Ngan Huynh
Ngan Huynh

it freaks me out when imagining facing that strong tail

Cheryl Gilman
Cheryl Gilman

I love the depth of field in this photo. How long was he? Great photo!

Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

Mike Korostelev. writes, "This one was quite friendly and showed its beauty all around."  Not to mention, NOT that hungry!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A croc's tail too close for comfort. I'd have died of fright. Bravo to the brave Mike Korostelev for this super shot, of a dangerous predator.A wonderful shot.  j.e.s........

Tom Coyner
Tom Coyner

This may be a lucky shot, but I really doubt it.  I suspect that taking this kind of photo is knowing a great deal about the subject and one's equipment, not to mention composition.  Well done!

michael donnelly
michael donnelly

Congrat's on your photo of the day. Pretty cool shot. Lucky he was friendly lol!!!!

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