Dhritiman Mukherjee is a talented Indian wildlife and conservation photographer. He dedicated his life to the protection of animals. After spending 20 years and 280 days in the field it’s no surprise that he has seen his fair share of amazing moments. Clearly these pictures of a crocodile captured transport his babies through the water are clearly our favorites.
This is a male gharial crocodile. They are the largest of all living crocodiles. Since the 1930s an ancient species who were first depicted over 4,000 years ago have had their population dramatically decreasing. This father is definitely doing his part to help the population grow. Their population is just under 1,000. This fact makes the picture even more special. Mukherjee reported: ,,This male had mated with seven or eight females and you can see that it was very much involved.’’
Mukherjee adds: ,,Normally the gharial is quite a shy crocodile compared with the saltwater and marsh crocs but this one was very protective. If I got too close it would attack me. It could be very aggressive. It’s not unusual for crocodiles to carry their young. However usually use their mouths to transport their young. Due to the gharials odd shaped snout this wouldn’t be possible so they resort to other means just as you can see.”
You can see a selection of images of Mukherjee’s right below:
An Indian Roller Bird hunting insects in front of a herd of elephants at Corbett National Park, India.
A Humpback Whale mother and calf in resting mode in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island.
Kelp forest under the frozen white sea during winter in arctic Russia.
A cormorant diving down and trying to hunt from a school of fish at Los Islotes, Baja California, Mexico.
A rare and endangered wild Snow Leopard in the high altitude mountain of Ladakh, Himalaya, India.
A male California Sea Lion patrolling through a huge school of Sardines at Los Islotes, Baja California, Mexico.