Our group of intrepid explorers loaded up into several boats and headed into the wilds of the Tárcoles River amidst the Costa Rican jungle. It didn’t take long to find a rather intimidating predator, as you can see by the lurking eyes gliding just above the water in the photo above. This is the potentially dangerous but not very aggressive American crocodile. But, while it may not have an aggressive reputation, it’s still something I’d prefer to avoid while in the water.
Some of these crocodiles have been known to reach 13 feet/9 meters in length and weigh up to 840 pounds/380 kilograms. While none of the tourists in our group were willing to get too close, the same cannot be said of our guides.
American crocodiles weren’t the only animal life we saw this trip. Indeed, not all the animals were even wild. Apparently the Tárcoles River is home to several cattle operations, as well, and Brahman cattle seemed to be particularly popular.
Here are some more shots of our expedition and the wildlife we encountered: