Monday, June 20, 2011

Here's looking at you, kid

Crocodiles have excellent eyesight above water, but not very good underwater. They have excellent hearing though little slits instead of ears. They can even hear their young calling from inside their shells before they are hatched.

The sex of their young is not determined genetically. Males are created at around 89 degrees F (31.6 C) and females produced at lower or higher temperatures.

The crocodile's eyeballs strike me as rather strange. They are marbled to match the coloration of his skin, with what appears to be a slit-shaped pupil. I would not want to get into a stare-down with a crocodile.

This week we are showing photos of the Villa Melzi on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. If you have not been to the shores of Lake Como in Bellagio, Italy, come take a visit by clicking on the link to our website.

11 comments:

JM said...

Fantastic close-up! I remember seeing really big crocodiles in Costa Rica at the mouth of a river (don't remeber the name now...) under a bridge on the west coast. Love this series, David.

Kate said...

David, get away from that animal...even with a zoom lens you're too close! It is a truly amazing photo, tho! If it weren't for your intrepid nature and curiosity, I would remain ignorant of crocs!!

brattcat said...

an amazing image, dave.

Rachel said...

Yes! That was very satisfying! Fabulous close-up on the eye! What kind of lens were you using. I hope it was a 500mm! Yikes!

Sharon said...

This has been a wonderful series on the crocodile and this shot is the topper! Wow, you really did get close!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

wow, this is an epic photo. fabulous

glenda said...

What big eyes you have! The better to see you with my dear.

Jarart said...

They have snake eyes!

ρομπερτ said...

Impressive indeed.

Please have you all a good Tuesday.

Jack said...

I have to believe you have a monster telephoto lens and cropped it close. Otherwise, you aren't as smart as I have believed.

I think I have just quadrupled what I previously knew about crocs.

(Won my SCOTUS case.)

Nativa said...

Wow great close up!!!

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