Wednesday, February 28, 2018

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Gharial


The global wild Gharial population is estimated to be under 250. 





I've never seen (or heard of) one until we went to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Bay, Florida (this attraction was one that was included in our Tampa Bay City Pass booklet).


From afar it looks like your average crocodile, but it sure doesn't up close. These are one of three crocodilians native to India.


52 comments:

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Those teeth look vicious

Sandee said...

Yes, but look at those teeth. Yikes. That would scare me.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Binky said...

Looks like a gar pike snout stuck on an alligator.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - they are certainly different. Cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

It's huge hadn't realised ... I thought they were baby size - well with teeth that aren't!! Cheers Hilary

Jeanna said...

An unusual and spectacular animal and photo, Rosey.

Veronica Lee said...

How interesting! I've never heard or seen one until now! Those teeth are scary!

Happy Almost Wordless Wednesday, Rosey!

Pat Hatt said...

Never heard of them before either. Those teeth aren't to be messed with.

stevebethere said...

Interesting good shots of them that first one looks a bit like me :-)

Have a bitelesstastic week Rosey :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never heard of them either. Look at that skinny snout.

Cristina pop said...

Never heard of gharial before. But they do have some frightening teeth!

Emma Steve said...

Those teethes Scares me. I've never heard or seen one until now.

Ben Butler said...

I have never heard of these before. I've never even seen a picture of one until now. Thank you for sharing this. We need to make sure we protect all endangered species, not just the cute ones.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - but that photo leaves me wordless!

Melissa Chapman said...

I guess the gharial is near extinction. I havenever heard of it before this I hope there are efforts to save this unique species.

Alice said...

I love people who try to teach the world about things you might not even think about! Thank you!

sunshine said...

That is one ugly joker there, lady!!!!!

Gladys Parker said...

I have never heard of the Wild Gharial. I hope they are doing what they can to preserve them since there are only 250 left. His snout is cool kind like a hose.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

Wow I have never seen anything like that. Even if it has a very narrow snout, those teeth can definitely shred! Thanks for letting me know about the Gharial.

Cindy Ingalls said...

These definitely look like prehistoric animals. It's sad to think there are only 250 left. Maybe by being at the zoo we can bring more awareness to their shrinking population.

Heather Jones said...

Oh my gosh! I've never seen one of these before. Gosh, just when you think you know about everything!

Kelly Reci said...

That is quite the snout! I had never heard of the Gharial until today and they look super interesting!

Ai Sakura said...

Yeah it's not common over here too... so sad to know!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

I've never seen those kind of crocodiles before! Really amazing to have an encounter with them!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I've never head of them before, but I do hope they are able to raise their numbers past 250. As scary as they look, they definitely don't deserve to go extinct.

Ckrusch said...

How interesting! I've never heard or seen an animal like that until now! I must confess those pictures got me a little scared!

Kiwi said...

Ok I am scared of this. This is an alligator really why does it look like this, this world can be so weird sometimes. They are hiding!

Dorit said...

Wow,had not heard of gharials before.I am surprised that I have never seen them in any animal documentary when they look like interesting creatures

erica said...

What a bizzare looking creature. I am a huge animal lover, know probably more about animals than is healthy for a person who doesn't get paid to know about them, and I learned something new today. :)

AnnMarie John said...

That looks amazing! I've never seen one before as well. It's sad though that their population is under 250. I hope we can change that.

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place said...

A gharial is something I haven't come across before. It would be nice to see it personally. They look so unique and fascinating! We have to do something about their population!

Unknown said...

That is a bizarre looking fella! It looks like someone altered a croc in Photoshop by making his snout/mouth really tiny.

NC Sue said...

No offense intended, Mr. Gharial, but you would scare me witless if I ran into you!
Thanks for telling us about a creature most of us have likely never heard of, and for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/02/preparing-for-next-exhibit.html

Elizabeth O said...

Wow what a scary looking animal, looks like he can do some real damage with that mouth!

Surekha said...

I have never heard of the Wild Gharial either. It's so sad that they are only 150 left. Look at those teeth

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I have never seen one of those before but they sure look scarry!!!

Neely said...

Those are so crazy looking! My in laws house gets tons of crocs. Always freaks me out!

Cheichei Va said...

Oh i have never seen this creature before. And i dont want to see it ever. Haha! I am so scared. lol!

Trish said...

Very neat! I have never heard of this animal before.

Patricia-Ann Que said...

i would be scared to see this but at the same time curious! must be an experience!

Gluten Free Lady said...

What an interesting critter! I have never heard of these either. Sounds like that zoo would be a very interesting place to visit.

Elisha Elyssa said...

Woah it looks hideous (no offense, Gharials lol) I would sure be scared if one of these showed up in my backyard one day

Erin Kay said...

I have never seen nor heard of this creature... Not the prettiest animal, is it? ;)

tracie threadford said...

Well you sure do learn something new every day. I have never seen this creature and would run from it if I ever do.

Catherine Sargent said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Gharial. I will have to look for them the next time we go to Lowry Park zoo.

Kweni said...

That is one weird looking crocodile. Although I hope they'd go up in numbers and not be extinct.

Stroller In The City said...

Oh wow I haven't seen these before, super interesting animal. Thank you for sharing!

Denise Comeau said...

Wow...I've never seen one of those before either. Their faces are so odd and funny!

alissa apel said...

WOW! They are unique looking. I remember I did a report on Alligator Snapping Turtles. Those were pretty cool too. They have a fake worm attached to the under part of their tongue. That's to capture fish.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh he's so cool!

Gina Gao said...

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

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Maryann D. said...

These are some photos! I find it amazing to look at different types of creatures!