Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How many crocodiles can you see?
Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
How many crocodiles can you count in this picture? One hundred, maybe? You’re forgiven for doing a double-take because you don’t immediately register that this male gharial croc’s back is entirely covered by its young. The image was captured by expert photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee. His shot, snapped in India’s National Chambal Sanctuary, is highly commended in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition. Every one of these youngsters needs to survive into adulthood and to breed. The freshwater gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is critically endangered. Where once it could have numbered more than 20,000 animals across South Asia, the species is now down to perhaps less than 1,000 mature individuals – and three-quarters of these are concentrated in the Uttar Pradesh sanctuary.