Italian diver shares incredible face-to-face encounters with crocodiles

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GRIPPING: The Italian diver gets up close and personal with a crocodile. CREDIT: Bartolomeo Bove Instagram

Italian diver, Bartolomeo Bove, has gone viral after sharing footage of incredible and potentially life-threatening face-to-face encounters with crocodiles.

BOVE, who lives in Florida, uploaded a video in which he can be seen diving while recording various crocodiles in their own natural environment.

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Coccodrilli! Crocodiles! 🐊🐊📽🎬 Un' altra clip da un video delle mie incredibili immersioni con i coccodrilli nelle acque cristalline dell’atollo corallino del Banco Chinchorro in Messico di fine Luglio 2020. Banco Chinchorro e’ il più esteso atollo corallino dell’emisfero settentrionale, Riserva della Biosfera, residenza stagionale di poche famiglie di pescatori di aragoste. Banco Chinchorro ospita anche una popolazione di circa 500 coccodrilli della specie Coccodrillo Americano (Crocodylus Acutus) che vivono in una laguna dell’isola centrale dell’atollo e che occasionalmente si spingono fino in mare nei pressi delle palafitte dei pescatori, con i quali hanno da sempre una relazione quasi simbiotica in quanto si nutrono degli scarti del pesce da loro catturato.  -‐—————————————————– Here is a video of my incredible dives with the crocodiles in the pristine waters of Banco Chinchorro, the richest coral reef site in Mexico, home of a unique wildlife. At the end of July 2020 I traveled to Banco Chinchorro in Mexico to dive with the American crocodiles. Banco Chinchorro is the largest atoll reef of the northern hemisphere, Biosphere Reserve and temporary residence of a small group of fishermen during lobster season. Banco Chinchorro is also home to an estimated population of about 500 American Crocodiles (Crocodylus Acutus). These crocodiles live in a lagoon of the atoll’s central island and occasionally swim into the open sea nearby the stilt houses of the fishermen. The crocodiles and the fishermen have an almost symbiotic relationship. When it is time for the fishermen to clean and fillet the fresh catch, they discard the scraps into the water and the crocodiles quickly eat them. Location: Banco Chinchorro, Quintana Roo, Mexico July 2020.  Full Video in my YouTube Channel Link in my Bio. #crocodiles #diving #freediving #mexicodesconocido #underwaterphotography #videography #beautiful #nature #nationalgeographic #film #swamp #cancun #ambiente #travel #goproit #underwaterworld #crocs #reptiles #uwphotography #wildlifeonearth #marinelife #alamar #fisherman #boat #adrenaline #thedodo #buceo #mexico @thedodo @natgeolatam @foc


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He captioned the clip on his Instagram account: “Here is a video of my incredible dives with the crocodiles in the pristine waters of Banco Chinchorro, the richest coral reef site in Mexico, home of a unique wildlife.

“At the end of July 2020, I travelled to Banco Chinchorro in Mexico to dive with the American crocodiles.

“Banco Chinchorro is the largest atoll reef of the northern hemisphere, Biosphere Reserve and temporary residence of a small group of fishermen during lobster season.

“Banco Chinchorro is also home to an estimated population of about 500 American Crocodiles (Crocodylus Acutus). These crocodiles live in a lagoon of the atoll’s central island and occasionally swim into the open sea nearby the stilt houses of the fishermen.

“The crocodiles and the fishermen have an almost symbiotic relationship. When it is time for the fishermen to clean and fillet the fresh catch, they discard the scraps into the water and the crocodiles quickly eat them.”

When asked if he feared for his life, he told social media users: “The truth is that they could attack me at any time if they had the chance. Although most crocodiles are larger than humans, the truth is that they perceive an adult as too large and therefore a less convenient prey compared to the ones that usually hunt.”

While it goes without saying ‘this shouldn’t be tried at home’, he did share a tip on how to approach a crocodile.

Bove claims the “safest way to approach is frontally due to their range of vision since they do not attack forward”, and preferably at the same level or from slightly below.

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