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Tarcoles River Crocodile Feeding - Costa Rica
Pictures and a video clip of American Crocodiles being fed from a bridge over the Tarcoles River in Costa Rica.

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Rio Grande De Tarcoles

 
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Narrow Pedestrian Walkway

 
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American Crocodile

 

On the way from the San Jose (SJO) airport to Jaco Beach, our bus driver stopped just before a bridge.

He then informed us that we would be taking a 15 minute pit stop for anyone who wanted to use the bathroom at the small roadside store or go check out the crocodiles in the river.

Apparently this is a very common stop for anyone traveling from San Jose to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. There were several other buses and a few private vehicles parked on either side of the bridge.

I realize that many people who appreciate nature, such as ourselves, frown upon the act of feeding wild animals.

It was obvious from the roadside stands that sold raw chicken and the congregation of crocodiles below the bridge that this practice had been going on for years.

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Basking In The Sun
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Grande De Tarcoles River
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Crocodiles Below Bridge
While I was taking pictures of these American Crocodiles in the Tarcoles River with my Canon S5 IS digital camera, another tourist stepped onto the bridge next to me with a big bag full of sausages. He started throwing large chunks of sausage down into the river where the hungry crocodiles were waiting. The crocodiles lazily swam over to snatch the sausage with a few minor scuffles breaking out in the largest groups.
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Crocodile Swimming
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To see a video of these American Crocodiles swimming around the Tarcoles River in Costa Rica and snacking on some sausages, click on the link below. The movie is encoded in the Windows Media (WMV) format, runs a little over a minute long, and has a file size of 18 megabytes. To save the video to your hard drive, right click and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" depending on which browser you are using.

Tarcoles River Crocodile Feeding Video - Costa Rica, Central America

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Fighting Over Sausage
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20+ Crocodiles Group
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Ossified Scutes On Back
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Mouth Open, Sharp Teeth
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Walking Away
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For more of my pictures from Costa Rica, visit my Hard Rock Resort & Casino Review page. The property was formerly known as Hotel Jaco Fiesta and it is located on Playa De Jaco in the Puntarenas province.

We also experienced the Waterfalls Canopy Tour, Manuel Antonio National Park, the Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge, Hotel "Si Como No", The Backyard Bar on Playa Hermosa, a Playa De Jaco Sunset, and the bus ride from Jaco Beach to San Jose that winded through the tropical countryside.

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