Monsters of the Mara

Marlon duToit Uncategorized 4 Comments

I can’t think of another living being as closely resembling an old-world dinosaur, an animal that have all the physical characteristics of one real scary creatures, a river monster.
That said, I am not referring to just any of the Nile Crocodiles found across Africa. The ones found within the banks of the Mara River are in a league of their own. In my opinion they are untouchable when it comes to sheer size & intimidation.

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I was so taken aback by their behaviour in the Masai Mara, so completely caught off-guard. I never expected to see so many massive crocodiles together in one place, I never knew such feeding frenzies were possible. Believe me, my Wild Eye guests and I played witness to events that would re-define the terms “feeding frenzy”.

The largest confirmed crocodile was weighed & measured in Tanzania. They don’t mention the exact location but I can only assume it was within the Mara River. This particular animal was 6.45 meters in length (22 ft 2in), and weighed 1090kg (2400 lb). That’s huge!

I am convinced that some of the crocodiles living with the Mara River can challenge the size of that beast!

Don’t believe me? Take a look at this gallery where I share with you images of Africa’s living river monsters…

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C24T8300I am sure that you can agree with me when I thought of what I should call this write-up? These crocodiles are what nightmares are made of!

They are incredible beings! The fact they are still around us today, found in many different habitats and have no plans on leaving in time soon simple demands respect. Many people may not like them of the way in which they kill or feed, but I can assure you that this is as great a predator as any other known to man. They are as deserving of your respect as any other predator out there, if not more.

Thanks for your time, till next time.

Marlon

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Marlon duToit

Passion, enthusiasm and an unquenchable thirst to explore and introduce you to our natural world’s wildlife perfectly sums up my ambitions. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Through my African adventures I kept my photographic passion alive. Behind a camera aimed at a lion or a leopard is where I am most at home, my heart skipping a beat at the mere thought of it. My intention has never been solely for recognition but for the plight of what’s left of our natural recourses. Using my love and understanding of wildlife I am able to convey to the viewer more than an image or a fleeting moment. I aim to tell a story, to bring that moment alive to you and to capture your heart through it.

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  1. Zoe

    Just surfing and came across this blog, Marlon. OMFG….my stomach is churning from the nervous anticipation of the next photos. They are unbelievable animals!

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