Wednesday, May 30, 2012


My Costa Rican friend Yamil says crocodiles are "the closest you'll ever get to a Tyrannosaurus rex" – and I have to agree with him. There's something so primitive, so powerful, so just plain scary about these creatures, it's hard to describe the chill you feel the first time you see one up close. Or the second time. Or the third ... We saw dozens of crocodiles in our four days on the Tarcoles River; no matter how many there were, each of them felt as surprising as the first one.

To get this low-angle, croc's eye view, Yamil and I had to lie on our bellies in the mud at the water's edge, while at the same time keeping a watchful eye out for any hungry crocs that might be headed our way.

Yeah, like that would have helped.

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