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Crikey! Photographer gets up close with dangerous crocs

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A photographer with a passion for wild animals was able to get up close and personal with one of nature’s deadliest creatures. Alex Suh has traveled to Mexico’s Banco Chinchorro reef twice in the past three years to get into the waters and capture the crocodiles in their natural habitat after an invitation from Yucatan Dive Trek.  The pictures show the photographer just inches away from the carnivorous crocs, who seem more than happy to pose for the camera. (Caters News)

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A photographer with a passion for wild animals was able to get up close and personal with one of nature’s deadliest creatures. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


Alex Suh has traveled to the Banco Chinchorro reef, in Mexico, twice in the past three years to get into the waters and capture the crocodiles in their natural habitat after an invitation from Yucatan Dive Trek. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


The pictures, taken in July, show the photographer just inches away from the carnivorous crocs, who seem more than happy to pose for the camera. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


Alex, who works in shark conservation and is the founder of Save My Fin, believes strongly that humans and wild animals can coexist and that crocodiles are not automatic killers. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


He said: “The images show the American saltwater crocodiles that come out from the mangroves of Banco Chinchorro, where there approximately 500 of them. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


“This was prefishing season before selected licensed fisherman are allowed to fish in the area, which is protected by the Mexican government, meaning the crocs were hungry and active. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


“One picture shows me with a crocodile who decided to swim towards me unexpectedly, so I had to drop on my back since there was little time to move out the way and allow the croc to swim over me.” (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


The trip to get to the reef takes eight hours by car and boat, and there is no luxury hotel at the other end. (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


Alex said: “It is a rough trip to get out the area which entails a six-hour-plus car ride, and two hours or more boat ride to the site. The place we stay is a fisherman’s hut that is barren, and you have to sleep in hammocks with others in one room.” (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)


“I love this adventure because it shows people that mankind can coexist with big animals and they are not the automatic killers like the ones people see in the media or in movies.” (Photo: Alex Suh/Caters News)