I’m not entirely sure these count as genuine macro shots – but these are as close up as I was happy to be if the truth be told!
These are Estuarine or Salt Water Crocodiles.Although these are not huge there are large enough to discourage swimming.The Daintree River is famous for its crocodiles and we found these at the start and end of the day – just waiting for a chance I suppose.
In the pictures of the adults you can see the large tooth the sticks up on the outside of the mouth.This is used to separate crocodiles from alligators.In alligators this tooth fits into a pocket in the upper jaw rather than being visible on the outside.I think it would be important to tell the difference between a croc and a gator when one is attached to your leg.And the mystic arts of taxonomy provide you with an easy guide!
The young crocodiles were still hanging around the nest site – but were very well hidden.
I think the buzz you get from seeing a predator of this size in the wild is all the justification you need to protect them.A world without them would be a much lesser place.