I did not expect to find a crocodile on the Dry Tortugas. The Tortugas are a long swim away from any other islands, and lack any kind of mangrove or otherwise swampy habitat, but I guess that didn't deter this beast. Booby Brittany and I watched it for over a half hour as it bashed, thrashed, and half-swallowed its way through this big bird. It was a bit distant, so the tourists swimming around Garden Key were completely oblivious. A few Key West locals were really impressed I managed to photograph the Tortugan crocodile, as it seems to have a kind of Loch Ness Monster mystique about it. Well, here it is, documented killing the hell out of something.
By the way, much respect given to anyone who can identify the bird that lies between the crocodile's teeth.
This Great Blue Heron stood captivated for the whole grisly affair. It showed no fear of the crocodile.
A Peregrine Falcon was also watching the gory action the entire time. When you have the eyes of a falcon you don't need to be up close.
The Great Blue Heron had the best front row seat though.