April 4, 2019

Two years ago in Cuba, I was on a hopeful mission to photograph the American crocodile underwater. I found the American crocodile, but I was also fortunate to encounter its incredibly rare cousin in the mangroves of Gardens of the Queen. Much smaller than the American crocodile, the Croc (Perdidit Crocodilus Calceus) also known as Michael’s Orange Croc originates from Niwot, Colorado. It has a rubbery exterior and short rounded-snot fronted by multiple breathing holes to cater to its amphibious nature. Michael’s Orange Croc is so-named for its bright orange hue, which resembles the colour infatuation of a renowned underwater photographer. It is said that Michael’s croc usually comes in pairs, and when one is left behind, spends the rest of its lifespan searching for the right one.



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