An endangered crocodile carries its 100 young on its back to protect them

In India’s Chambal National Sanctuary, a crocodile was observed carrying over a hundred young on its back. The moment was photographed by Dhritiman Mukherjee and is one of the most curious nature images released in recent times.

This type of amphibian reproduces with several femaleswhich allows it to perpetuate itself in existence. This detail is highlighted by the imminent danger of extinction. It is common to see a crocodile carrying its young on its mouth, but the large crocodile can only carry a limited number, so its actions are truly special.

© Dhritiman Mukherjee/WPY/NHM

An endangered crocodile carries its 100 young on its back to protect them

“Other crocodiles carry their young in their mouths. But for this one, the unusual morphology of its mouth makes that impossible. So young people have to hang on head and back to get that close bond and protection,” Patrick Campbell told BBC News.

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© Dhritiman Mukherjee/WPY/NHM

These reptiles can measure up to 4.5 meters in length. Their muzzle has a unique shape, with bulbous knots at the end. They weigh more than 900 kilograms on average. While searching for a mate, it produces bubbles which serve as an attraction.

The crocodile in question had around eight mates, making it easy to produce around 100 offspring during the breeding season. Outbreaks can reverse the danger of the species ceasing to exist.

According to the Natural History Museum, there would be 650 adults remaining in the fresh waters of India and Nepal. The image featured above received nominations for Best Cinematography. For National Geographic, this material is of exceptional validity.

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© Dhritiman Mukherjee/WPY/NHM

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