Meet Dhritiman Mukherjee, a gifted Indian wildlife and conservation photographer who has devoted his life to animal welfare.
With 20 years and 280 days of the year spent in the field, it’s no surprise he’s witnessed some incredible experiences.
Our favorite is this stunning image of an en.dan.gered crocodile carrying his young through the water. The crocodile is a male gharial crocodile, which is the biggest extant crocodile.
Since the 1930s, the population of an ancient species that was first shown around 4,000 years ago has been significantly dwindling.
This adds to the photo’s significance; this father is undoubtedly contributing to the city’s population increase, which stands at just under 1,000 people.
“This man had ma.ted with seven or eight females, and you can see how involved it was,” Mukherjee explains. “When contrasted to saltwater and marsh crocs, the gharial is a shy crocodile.”
This one, on the other hand, was highly defensive, and if I approached too close, it would charge me. It has the potential to be highly aggressive.”
It’s fairly uncommon for crocodiles to carry their young, however, they normally do so using their jaws. This would be impossible because of the gharial’s oddly formed nose, thus they turn to other tactics, as you can see.