WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals

Alejandro Prieto, Mexico

Cold-blooded killing

Corcovado National Park, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is accessible only by boat or aircraft. Early one morning, Alejandro heard there were bull sharks near the beach and set off to look for them. It wasn't long before he heard a very loud noise - splashing and a hammering sound. Out of the sea came a huge crocodile with a large green turtle in its mouth, which was flapping its flippers and opening and closing its eyes. 'With a fast movement, the crocodile held the turtle by its flipper,' says Alejandro, 'and then, with a flick of its jaws, grabbed the still-living reptile by its head. I willed the crocodile to be still for a moment, while I struggled to keep the camera steady.' He managed just one shot before the crocodile headed for the sea and the mouth of the river, clutching its strange prey.

Technical specification

Nikon D4 + 200-400mm f4 lens; 1/500 sec at f4; ISO 400.


Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica: latitude 8.54083, longitude -83.571 Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica: latitude 8.54083, longitude -83.571

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Intellectual property rights to all WPY images are retained by the photographers. Reproduction without prior written consent constitutes an actionable infringement. For usage enquiries please contact us.