MEXICAN CROCODILES 2018 TRIP REPORT
Our 2018 Mexican
Crocodile Expedition in a Nutshell: So far, on
all of our crocodile snorkelling trips, we have been really
lucky with weather and great encounters. This one was
another awesome crocodile trip :)
There were lots of crocodiles around but Gambit (a rather
friendly 11ft croc) stole the show.
On our last day at the atoll, the crocs were
very difficult to lure close to the shack where we snorkel
with them but prior to that, the action was very consistent.
At the end of the day when the light was
dropping, I took some shots in partial darkness. I think the
result is a nice effect.
While at the atoll we enjoyed the usual great
reef diving. Chinchorro continues to have healthy reefs due
to strict fishing controls that the fishermen themselves
have put in place to avoid depleting the reefs.
We squeeze in a reef dive each morning before
we start wrangling crocodiles. The diving would be worth
doing just for fun but we also collect invasive lionfish
which keeps the reef healthy and gives us a supply of
The nurse sharks around Chinchorro have wised up to the
lionfish hunters. They know that when a lionfish is speared,
there is a chance they may get a free meal if they move in
quickly enough. Mostly, they go hungry but its fun watching
them swim along with the dive group.
We visited the ranger station and
photographed the crocs in the lagoon.
The enormous resident iguanas are always a
favorite photo subject too.
This year, as a special treat, the rangers
let us handle some baby crocodiles that they had rescued
from an exposed nest. When the bulk of the crocs hatch, any
stragglers are left for scavengers to eat but these three
little runts got lucky. They were only a couple of days old
but aready capable of biting anything that came close to
their pint-sized jaws.
I tried to get shots of as many guests as
possible swimming with the crocs.
I also tried to nail a few split frame shots
And some shots from the surface.
Of course I have to mention the luxurious
Chateau Chinchorro! Our scruffy but quaint fishing hut where
we stay while snorkeling with crocodiles :)
The shack is on stilts at the edge of the
atoll, far from any light polution. So, in the evening we
had a beautiful view of the Milky Way.
Once back from Chinchorro we spent a night
relaxing at our hotel and then enjoyed a day of diving
On our first dive we ran into a friendly
manatee that came back twice during the dive to get better
look at us.
We also dove among a huge school of resident
tarpon, some of which must have been 1.5m long!
Before we knew it we were on our way back to
Cancun for the flight home. Another great croc trip
Join us next August for our
Snorkelling Expedition. If you like adventure,
this is a trip you'll never forget.