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Panama Canal => General => Topic started by: Cape Cod 13 on March 17, 2009, 04:13:10 PM

Title: The famous Panama Canal crocodiles!
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 17, 2009, 04:13:10 PM
I was surprised when I read this.
The famous Panama Canal crocodiles! Here we have a nice representant of this species. The reason why crocodiles do gather here is simple: With each locking huge quantities of water from the Panama Canal are discharged into the Pacific Ocean. As half of the canal in fact consists of an artificial lake (Lake GatĂșn), which is fed by the Chagres River, the water in the Panama Canal between the locks is clean freshwater. With these waters a lot of freshwater fish is poured into the sea with every locking. And these crocodiles, sly and insidious as they use to be, do know that. As soon as the chamber opens, they are on "stand by". The freshwater fish, suddenly confronted with saltwater, do suffer a shock up to the extreme. The crocodiles now do have nothing else to do than to open their mouths. Once sufficient quantities of fish are devoured, the meal is over until the next locking occurs.
Title: Re: The famous Panama Canal crocodiles!
Post by: arbcqueen on March 26, 2009, 03:46:34 PM
That's pretty interesting!  Thanks for sharing!!! Cheers