This is Steve. Steve lives in Tamarindo. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him several times, and it blows my mind how stupid some people can be when it comes to viewing and photographing wild animals. There were tourists getting dangerously close, and it makes me wonder:
“Are they aware that Steve is a killing machine???”
I mean seriously! He is a crocodile! In the wild! His brain is the size of a pea! All he knows how to do is kill, eat, sleep and sunbathe! This is not a zoo!!!
So some facts about crocodiles:
- They are DINOSAURS!
- They have GIANT TEETH!
- They are PURE MUSCLE!
- They eat EVERYTHING!!! (Even you!)
- The jaw of an 18 foot crocodile is more than 5,000 lbf (pound force). To put this in perspective, a great white shark is 670 lbf (source: Wikipedia)
- they can run up to 17km/hr in short spurts (that’s faster than you!)
- They WILL kill you!
- Then the will EAT you!
I kept my distance and let my zoom lens do the rest. Even this made me nervous, especially after seeing how prehistoric he actually looks!
Nature does not discriminate. If you piss off a crocodile, it will not end well for you. You WILL lose! I could just see some crazy Crocodile Dundee situation happening with some of these other people. Wow. (Scroll to 1:52 in the video below video)
Keep your distance. Don’t be stupid. Respect nature!