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Never Smile...

Grinning crocodile

This month's picture was taken by Adam Britton, showing a rather unconventional view of a crocodile. You might call it a prey's eye view, and it certainly makes the crocodile look rather sinister. Ironically I chose this picture around the time that Dr Mark Merchant of McNeese State University released findings from his work on American alligators showing that they possessed potent antimicrobial peptides in their blood capable of killing a wide variety of bacteria. This mirrors my own findings in saltwater and freshwater crocodiles (along with colleague Dr Gill Diamond) that shows that crocodiles have the potential to offer us life-saving medical treatments through their powerful immune system. Ironic indeed, then, considering that most people view crocodiles in a rather negative light. While crocodiles are clearly potentially very dangerous, they are of considerable value to us for a variety of reasons - not least because they are enduringly fascinating.

Would you like to enter your best photograph as a potential Pic of the Month? Send it to me and I'll include the best here each month. Each year I run a competition where the best photograph each year is awarded a prize. To be in contention the picture must, above all, capture your attention.


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