Caribbean crocodiles up close and personal

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A report by Martha Azzi for the Daily Mail, where you can see more photos.

Daring filmmakers have got up close and personal with six colossal crocodiles to capture them on camera.

Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante and cameraman Mark Romanov journeyed to clear waters in an undisclosed location in the Caribbean, south-east of the Gulf of Mexico, in July to capture the predators in their natural habitat.

In order to approach the wild crocodiles, the pair adopted the unusual strategy of mimicking a large adult crocodile by wearing a special scaly wetsuit.

Although the strategy might seem bizarre, their tactics were successful allowing Mr Galante and Mr Romanov to capture their movements below the water.

But their techniques were not without their risks. On one occasion a crocodile tried to take a bite out of Mr Romanov who kept filming and managed to move away in time.

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‘I have had a lot of amazingly interesting encounters with wildlife over the years, but being able to swim with and photograph large crocodiles in crystal clear water completely unrestricted was amongst the all time greatest,’ Mr Galante said on Facebook.

‘Some of the images and video Mark Romanov and I captured is undoubtedly the best ever taken of man and crocodile interacting peacefully and I look forward to sharing that with everyone and bringing to light how fascinating and strikingly beautiful, yet powerful these prehistoric reptiles are.’

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