- A rare sight of hundreds of crocodiles basking in the sun next to a waterhole has been captured on camera
- The crocodiles favor the waterhole because of easy availability of food
- They are so many that they can be seen on Google Earth
Wildlife photographer Lee Dalton has taken photographs of an extraordinary gathering of hundreds of crocodiles basking in the sun at a waterhole in the Myakka River State Park in Florida, US.
The waterhole is a popular spot for the crocodiles as there is easy availability of food. The photographer says they congregate in such large numbers that they can be seen on Google Earth satellite photos.
The waterhole is believed to have formed thousands of years ago as a result of water-induced soil erosion.
The crocodiles numbered around 200, a sight the 38-year-old Lee said was remarkable and astonishing.
Speaking during a media interview, he said: "When I first reached the sinkhole, I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. I'd only ever seen crocodiles individually or in small groups of three or four at most, so to see so many in one place was pretty incredible."
The waterhole's unique ecosystem makes it rich in food and draws a variety of other predators including coyotes, vultures, pelicans and eagles.
The sight of so many crocodiles in one place is encouraging because they were almost an endangered species in America in the 1960s due to excessive hunting.
The land surrounding the waterhole also hosts a variety of animals such as wild boar and deer. The Myakka River State Park is a sanctuary for these animals as well as the crocodiles.
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