Big Animals – Crocodiles, Mexico
When it comes to being a successful predator, crocodiles are the kings. They are ambush predators that lay waiting for their dinner to come close and then they attack. They can see in the dark, smell and hear their prey, have 80 teeth, and one of the strongest bites of any animal. So what do we want to do? Get in the water and take photos of them, obviously.
CHINCHORRO BANKS, MEXICO
Most crocodile encounters are done on snorkel. Xcalak is very remote and primitive with no resorts or hotels nearby. Crocodiles are an apex predator, so being experienced and comfortable in the water is necessary. Crocodiles usually aren’t active till the afternoon, making mornings a good time to photograph them.
When to Dive
August to November.
Few other destinations offer the consistency of wild crocs in a safe environment as Chinchorro Banks. In Papua New Guinea, you can often arrange for the opportunity to photograph a croc in a safe situation. Go with Walindi Plantation Resort. There’s also a small chance to spot small crocs in the waters of Palau and near the famed Jellyfish Lake. Go with Sam’s Tours or the Palau Siren.
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