Soon it was time to leave the jeep and settle into into a dugout canoe once again. We pushed off and glid peacefully in the glimmer of sun that had broken through the clouds and smoke haze. I enjoyed the bird calls and scanning the river banks as we navigated down river through the floating plants.
We approached a bend in the river and suddenly on the left-hand side of the canoe we saw the prehistoric shape of an enormous crocodile looming over us as we skirted around the bank. I was informed it was a 'Mugger crocodile'. The name instantly conjured up visions of us being 'mugged' as we floated down the river, but Wikipedia states that the "name "mugger" is a borrowing of Hindi magar. This is in turn derived from Sanskrit makara "crocodile; mythical water monster; sign of the zodiac".
At around 4 metres long this crocodile reminded me of the extremely dangerous Australian Salt-water crocodile. Happily this crocodile was not interested in us floating quietly (very, very quietly!!!) past its resting place.
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