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Photographer and dive instructor Ricardo Castilo might have been looking for sharks when he dipped into the cold, clear waters of Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park, but what he got was a toothy predator of a different sort: a 12-foot (3 metre) crocodile.

The huge reptilian wasn’t showing any signs of aggression, so Castillo carried on shooting, swimming with the animal for nearly an hour.

“It’s about knowledge and experience,” he says, noting that he was careful to steer clear of the animal’s flanks (where he might startle it).

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

“The risk is always there, they are wild,” he told Grind TV. “But the most scary part is when you see all this incredible wildlife lose its habitat because of man’s depredation and contamination.”

Castillo has long been fascinated with the natural world and its inhabitants, inspired by an early love for the sea that he hopes to pass on through his work.

“I still remember the first time I watched the ocean,” he recalls. “That day it caught me. Any image that provokes a reaction of wonder in people is a small step towards saving the world.

My work is a constant search to show … the magic of being part of the underwater world.”

Image:Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image:Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

Image: Ricardo Castillo/Used with permission

This article was first published by Earth Touch Network on 14 Jul 2015.

 

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Susan Lee

I don't open every-little-thing, but for this one i said "Okay, I'll bite" Not sorry a bit that i did! 🙂

Linda French

beautiful, I am a diver and what a great thrill this must have been, with a bit of awareness I am sure.

Maria Manuela Lopes

No words for that . Just Wonderful

Lisa Kemper

Love this amazing picture!

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