Check out this Video, it’s a Shocker! On the banks of the Amazon river some Brazilian guys have managed to catch an Electric Eel after a bit of afternoon fishing, while one guy stays with the catch his friend goes off to fetch a knife to cut the line and let the eel go. In the mean time a Caiman turns up who was quite pleased to see that someone had caught a little fishy for him. But the Caiman then makes the mistake of taking a bite out of the Electric Eel who then turns on the power and shocks the Caiman and kills it. Goes to show there’s no such thing as a free lunch. He won’t be making that mistake again!
These crazy creatures are unbelievably old. Estimated at 200 million years, that’s almost 150 million years older than the last known dinosaur went extinct! They have been rocking our world for so long that our presence appears as just a blip on their seemingly eternal reign. Can we learn something from these guys? Do they hold the secret to everlasting youth? Okay, so their direct ancestry dates back a little before ours and even before that of the dinosaurs, what’s the big deal? Well actually, this means that a lot can be learnt from these ancient beasts, how have they managed to do this? Scientists are investigating these many questions and hope to provide an answer that will aid not only the longevity of the human race, but also help prevent mistreatment and protect these reptiles by showing them in a better light.
Today’s photo fact is about the Caiman, a member of the Alligator family, common throughout Central and South America.
These guys are almost certainly young Yacare Caiman, and are widespread throughout the wetlands of Southern Brazil and Nothern Argentina, with over 10 million estimated to exist there. They will grow up on a diet of fish, with a preference for Piranha and possibly a Capybara or two (The largest rodent in the world) when they are older.