Crocodile, New River, Belize

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Crocodile Lamanai Belize

We took a 25 mile motor boat trip up the New River in Belize two days ago to get to the semi-remote Mayan ruins site at Lamanai. As we motored, sometimes fast and sometimes slow, past the various wildlife, we occasionally stopped when we saw something very interesting. Like this crocodile. There were a lot like him along the banks. I was glad to be in a steel boat, with a long lens. Lamanai, the name of the Mayan city at the end of our trip, means “submerged crocodile.” If they’d named Minneapolis for some denizen of its river, we’d be saying stuff like, “Hi, I’m Tom. I’m from Carp, Minnesota.”

3 Responses to Crocodile, New River, Belize

  1. Lars Henning May 13, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Yikes! Either you got pretty close, or you had the big lens with you! We are looking forward to seeing some crocs in a few days when we reach Lagunas de Hacahua.
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  2. Tom Bartel May 13, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    300mm. Could have used a bit longer, but then the boat shake would have just been more amplified. We were probably about 7 meters away from him. He was actually moving along pretty fast along the shore, but stopped for just a few seconds to rest his chin on that stick. It was amazing how fast he could move. I wouldn’t want to have him chasing me, for sure.
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  3. Diane Mawr May 13, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Shhhhhhhiver. But cool, very cool.

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