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Nick Tennick

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Nick has always loved the outdoors and never turns down an opportunity for an adventure. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, where he grew up, Nick spent a gap year in the Zimbabwean bushveld which truly sparked his love for wildlife and conservation ...

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on The Nile Crocodile – A Master of Efficiency and Adaptation

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Nick, such a great blog on crocodiles. To be honest, they are the animals I like the least or even not at all. They are such creepy, sneaky creatures. However, of course, they are important in the eco-system. And I also think they are quite fascinating. When we are crossing the causeway, it’s always interesting to watch them lying there, their mouths wide open, waiting for prey.

Thank Christa. I have a lot of respect for them even though they are creepy and can disappear underwater in split seconds! The causeway is indeed the best place to see them on Londolozi.

fascinating creatures!

Nick the heart of the crocodile is really outstanding. The value opening and closing and allowing the blood to flow reduced to the lungs and the heart beat is slower for longer periods of time. They are definitely an apex predator and one that I am petrified of. Having great respect for them, and just to see them catch a antelope and drown them and do that death roll, has shown just how absolutely brutal they are.

Thanks for the comment Valmai. They are very brutal animals and should be respected!

Thanks for this informative blog Nick. I found it quite interesting and learned facts about crocodiles, such as their respiratory and pulmonary functions, that I didn’t know. There’s so much to learn about animals and plants and Londolozi staff is such a great source for sharing what they have learned and discovered.

Thanks for commenting, Denise!

Nick, thank you for your insights on the nile crocodile. Very interesting animal.

Excellent survey of the Nile crocodile Nick! It’s incredible how efficient they are, and that link to the cheetah/croc encounter from back in ’21 is one of my favorite video captures of all time!!

Thanks Paul! It really is an incredible video.

Great information, Nick. I hadn’t known about their specialized lungs and hearts. Nature sure knows how to make ‘em!

Thanks, Chelsea. Crocodiles are very well adapted, it must be due to the fact that they have been around for millions of years.

Nick, It was so fun to get this post as we had just left Londolozi after days of riding with you and Joy! Your detailed info on the Crocodiles is fascinating and the images you shared are incredible. Thanks again for the amazing time we had with you and Joy – it was so special. You guys checked off everything on our list and more – can’t wait to dive into all our photos!

I’m thrilled you enjoyed the blog Michael and Terri! It was such a pleasure to meet you two and drive you guys last week around Londolozi. What amazing sightings we had and memories made. Looking forward to the next time and in the mean time enjoy editing your pictures!

Absolutely not one of my my favorites
But an amazing creature none the less…
Right up there with the Great White sharks!
Maybe it’s all those teeth!!!
Do they grow back too, like a shark?
Great blog!!

Hi Barbie, Yes they are very intimidating creatures and they are able to regrow their teeth many times over the course of their life. Thanks for the comment!

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