The Gharial is a critically endangered crocodilian, typically found in India & Nepal
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It looks like it could be beaten with just a rubber band
Powerful jaw muscles for biting down. Relatively weak muscles for opening mouth.
Like all gators. Good bit of into
Like all members of the crocodilian family, not just gators
* very weak
I don’t know why, but this thing seems way less intimidating than a crocodile. It’s still got all them pointy teeth and a powerful tail, but just looking at it I feel like I could take it in a fist-fight. I know I couldn’t, but it looks like I could
>It’s still got all them pointy teeth
... but no toothbrush to brush them with.
Well, folks, Mama's wrong again
No colonel sanders, you’re wrong. Mommas right
It’s got kind of a muppet vibe to it.
yea I want to hug it. sweet. and a funny face
same! I've only seen these ghariyals in zoos and they always seem so polite. Turns out they only hunt fish, but won't attack the fishermen. I doubt how we'll hug one tho
The gharial is a fish eating croc. I mean even if u stay right beside it is gonna mind it own business. I saw them at the Chitwan national park of nepal.
It would make a pretty good melee weapon. Grab it by the paddle lookin mouth and go to town on the zoo officials.
It is a fish eater. But the bodies are quite large compared to the head and muzzle.
Because of the eyes, basically a glowing weak point.
looks like a low level minon in an mmorpg
My buddy Stumpy used to say the same thing..
Prob you could, this thing cant Hurt you more than a pitbull, just dont let it take your arm
It does say critically endangered
It lives in rivers and eats fish. The skinny snout makes it easier to clamp down on a fish in the water. Because it isn't trying to ambush big land animals, it just doesn't need the bite force.
I first saw a picture of one, an illustration, at least 40 years ago in a reptile book. They weren't endangered then.
If you like River Monsters with Jeremy Wade, he does an episode where one is featured.
I think they're neato.
> I first saw a picture of one, an illustration, at least 40 years ago in a reptile book. They weren't endangered then.
That makes me so sad.
Edit: thanks for the existential crisis, guys.
My father tells me of his childhood in late 60's and early 70's when he would go bath/have a dip in the river Ganges near his village. Gharials would bask at the banks and an occassional sighting of the Gangetic river Dolphin would scare the kids out of water. Now Gharial is Critically endangered, Gangetic river Dolphin is following close by and Ganga's water is full of filth.
I just googled. As of February 16th of this year, there were 182 of these left in the whole world.
Id assume you're talking about them in the wild, because like 60 were hatched in just my city zoo alone in 2017.
Ganges also has sharks called the Ganges Shark fyi! but they're so critically endangered and rare that we dont even have a solid understanding of them
Never knew this. Thanks!
u/Godfather1729 there are a few left on the Bangladeshi side of the Ganges, but back in the colonial age, the Brits had to formulate laws concerning gangetic shark and crocodile attack while bathing kids
There wasn't poisonously high levels of cadmium, lead, chromium, and arsenic in the ganges river 40 years ago.
It’s ok, they’re endangered now so you can cheer up
Yep! I first saw this in a zoo books magazine like 35 years ago. Absolutely fascinating to me.
Even now, at 42, I still want to pet it.
Holy shit I remember zoo books! I loved them as a kid
I feel like it could do with losing about half of that jaw
I watched that whole show i don’t remember that think in an episode. Which episode was it
It uses chopsticks
I just remember this guy chasing the nut in Ice Age movies
scrat was a saber-tooth squirrel!
Definitely the most prehistoric looking animal I’ve ever seen. Mind blown!
Video comes courtesy of @JasonAtTheZoo
Check out the shoebill stork. Now THAT looks prehistoric!
Yes and they sound like machine guns going off too!
Looks like a kid tried to draw a crocodile from memory…
I’m sure that thing could mess me up, maybe even kill me. But I would have a hard time taking it seriously.
It’s because his eyes make him look stoned as balls
Same, it's not as intimidating (on the internet)
If it were that ferocious, it would either be not endangered or completely wiped out by humans.
So I guess Lions, Tigers and other predators aren't that ferocious then xD (both of these big cats are endangered in India)
Stop being correct. You’re making me look dumb.
Don't skip snout day...
Typically found on India and Nepal and all my nightmares
If Pixar made a crocodile.
>A state forest department official said in 1980s, only about 200 gharials were left in the world. At that time, their number in India was 96, including 46 in the Chambal river that flows across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
>As per a report of the Wildlife Trust of India, there are 1,255 gharials in the Chambal river of Madhya Pradesh and 255 in the Gandak river of Bihar, state Forest Minister Umang Singhar said.
Good to know that their number are growing now.
Unless India counts things how China does.
That's bullshit indian propaganda.
"The gharial population is estimated to have declined from 5,000–10,000 individuals in 1946 to fewer than 250 individuals in 2006, a decline of 96–98% within three generations. Gharials were killed by fishermen, hunted for skins, trophies and indigenous medicine, and their eggs collected for consumption. Today, the remaining individuals form several fragmented subpopulations. Hunting is no longer considered a significant threat. However, the wild population declined from an estimated 436 adult gharials in 1997 to fewer than 250 mature individuals in 2006. One reason for this decline is the increased use of gill nets for fishing in gharial habitat. The other major reason is the loss of riverine habitat as dams, barrages, irrigation canals and artificial embankments were built; siltation and sand-mining changed river courses; and land near rivers is used for agriculture and grazing by livestock.\[2\] Water pumps used for pumping water out of the Chambal River have proven to negatively impact the gharial population.\[88\]
When 111 dead gharials were found in the Chambal River between December 2007 and March 2008, it was initially suspected that they had died either because of toxicants or the illegal use of fish nets, in which they became entrapped in and subsequently drowned.\[62\] Later post mortem pathological testing of tissue samples revealed high levels of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, which, together with stomach ulcers and protozoan parasites reported in most necropsies, were thought to have caused their deaths.\[89\]"
There's no decline to what you said, all the article said is that after all that negligence now the people responsible are working and as a fruit of their decade long labour, once declining numbers are increasing. And you're free to assume whatever you want while I'm happy that they didn't go extinct.
If that’s a vid of one in the wild I’d be worried.. guessing the fish he’s eating are dead because of that filthy water
I don't know if video is from India but, in wild I wouldn't dare to go this close to make a video, it might be from a zoo.
Btw a BBC youtube video from Chambal river [Video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbVAQ-uyGos) and one from LA zoo [Video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u_u7LI43aM)
Ahh a zoo, of course, that explains the dead fish. Came here for that, thank you.
And thankfully, that nightmarish snout is really only good for catching fish (which is basically all it eats). Such a cool animal and so prehistoric-looking!
Ah shit! My mother was a fish!
Why tf did it evolve like that
A thinner snout would move much faster underwater in order to catch a fish. Add a million years of natural selection into the mix and you have a Gharial!
Evolution doesn't give animals what they need, they are random changes which pass on to next generation that slowly start to change things in individuals. The beings that get these changes and find out a way to make use of the change or perish because of the change. Us humans as well, there were many hominid species that went extinct but our species somehow survived and today we are all across the globe.
I killed and ate these in MGS 3.
same, the headpiece was great
I'm gonna be real sad when all these awesome animals are gone from the earth. I hope it doesnt happen in my lifetime.
THE EYES. OMFG THE EYES.
I have been alive for 34 years, and I can tell you that I have never seen this creature before.
56 and me either
Lad will go extinct till the fish reaches it's mouth ffs.
Fun fact: that is a female, you can tell be the nose. Males have a large bulbous nose tip, used for blowing bubbles in the mating ritual. Bonus fact: the snout is so thin because it evolved to catch fish, and it is quite flexible. (The croc, not the snout)
but how does it taste?
I’ve had fried gator it’s alittle chewy but it tastes good.
All them teeth and no toothbrush
Well, looks like mama's WRONG!!!!
Things that are only hundreds of thousands of years old shouldnt tell things that are millions of years old they should be extinct. The reason these guys are going extinct is because of habitat destruction and human fishing practices. They shoulda ate us back when we were little mouse things.
[No, the primary reason for endangerment is pollution.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gharial#Threats)
Pure nightmare fodder.
Don't tell the Chinese where they are.
If that’s real that amazing
Found in India, Nepal, and Donkey Kong Country.
Maybe because it can’t get any food in its mouth.
That does not look like the food it was evolved to eat.
It's precisely the food it was evolved to eat. Narrow snout with interlocking teeth is ideal for catching fish.
It looks so hard for them to eat anything, no wonder they’re endangered.
Probably because it's mouth looks like a pain in the ass to actually use efficiently in the wild. I'm far far from a wildlife expert but doesn't it look like it just isn't very well adapted to hunt and maneuver in swamps with that big extended mouth sticking out everywhere it goes? Who knows maybe it's super fast in real life and the shape of its mouth makes it slice through the water faster 🤷♂️ imagine if that poor thing broke it's jaw close to it's head and that thing was just hanging... 😳
They've been on this planet for millions of years longer than us. Highly specialised for catching fish, and the only reasons it's going extinct is because of habitat loss, hunting and pollution.
Yeah this thing was meant to go extinct
>>I'm far far from a wildlife expert<<
You already answered yourself.
That just looks impractical.
that is absolutely terrifying
Where can I donate to help with saving this prehistoric looking croc?
It's the derpydile again!
Looks like a Gar
I’m no expert but it appears the problem with this animals survival is it’s big stupid face
Nah, mostly habitat loss, hunting and pollution. They were doing fine for millions of years before we showed up.
i want one
That’s a fucking abomination
Probly endangered cause it can't get food into it's mouth
Yeah no shit it's endangered, WTF can it do with that beak looking thing?
Hunt slippery fish in a murky river very efficiently.
Monte .... Cristo
I can see why. Nature selected that for extinction.
Wrong. They evolved to eat fish and should be fine on their own, but climate change and pollution is killing them off.
It has a fucking clarinet for a mouth. So yes.
No. [link ](https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/gharial) click on conservation tab
the goofiest animal I've ever seen. If I was in the animal kingdom I would be making non-stop jokes about this goofy S.O.B.
isn't it huggable?
Wtf?? Is that real? Don’t worry, I’ll Google it… 🤯
That’s a terrible setup. If he catches it at the front it’s quite the pain in the ass to get it into his mouth.
The Cleveland zoo has some of these. Apparently they’re super picky about the conditions they reproduce under and will only do so in captivity in certain areas (according to a zoo employee I talked to once)
No Wonder it's endangered. What a terribly inefficient way to live.
Not if you're specialising in hunting slippery fish in a murky river.
Looks like good odds to me
is this jurassic park or….?
I can see why
No thank you
I have never seen or heard of that thing in my life !
It's good eating and you can make boots and purses from it's leather
He evolved to eat a lot of canned food
Crocodile. Endangered. Never thought I'd see those two words in the same sentence
Looks like a wild Nope-odile to me.
I've ate a lot of those... in mgs3
Visually, seems like a poor design. That aside, what’s causing this? Don’t they only eat fish and there’s no fish?
Kinda makes you think: If it can't swallow it's food, no wonder it is endangered.
Actually it’s endangered die to pollution, but it does look pretty funky
[click on conservation tab ](https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/gharial)
Ohhhh noooo thats... awful news
Looks like something lil Jesus drew in kindergarten
I'd go extinct too if my mouth was that dumb
It’s like a pug crocodile
Those things from Donkey Kong County are real?
Toothy snout reminds me of a gar fish.
That looks harder than eating soup with a fork
Shit if I looked like that I’d be in danger too.
If there was a Crocodile Steven King, this would be what his Pennywise looks like.
This is the opposite of running a hundred yard dash in a 90 yard gym.
Never these kind existed. Very interesting
Damn I want this species to stay alive. It looks so cool.
Does it attack people
Not unless you try to capture it.
nah dinosaur were supposed to be extinct ages ago
So basically if Sid from Ice Age had a kid with a crocodile...
The gharial is my favorite animal. They’re so fascinating and mysterious, I hope they can keep hanging on.
If I saw one of those in the wild I'd shit myself
I didn’t realize that anything that looked like this was still alive.
He would've caught 5 fishes at once.
this thing would be insanely good at slurping a really long spaghetti noodle
If you take 4 puffs before you pass, who's gonna fight for your ass?
For some reason this makes me very sad :(
This fucker would deglove your whole arm
He look like a nice guy
An alligator will see you later, and a crocodile will see you in a while. Soooo...this guy will see you in your nightmares?
It looks like a child’s drawing of what they think an alligator looks like.
May they always stay there, far away from me
Mf chainsaw croc
that's a dinosaur
Lol mf looks like Tim Burton’s crocodile.
Of all the things that could go extinct, this might be the one Im least likely to lose sleep over
I'm gonna take a guess and say it's because they've evolved this absolutely ridiculous mouth that can chew up food 2ft from where it gets swallowed. /s
It looks like a person could easily snap his thin ass mouth, why is it so small and long?
No wonder the animal is endangered.
No that’s Crocodile Lite
Never this animal before. Looks kinda prehistoric, like a small dinosaur. Hope it doesnt die out like the dodo and all other cool species we fucked up already
Oh and I'm sure those countries are doing everything possible to preserve them 🙄
Boop the snoot.
Gharials are like another one of those Bearenstain Bears things for me... Like In 32 years of life I just found out these exist.
Why are those fish dead?
Looks like it's not so great at eating *dead* fish, even.
Imma let this one go and not feel bad.
Bet it gives mean rimjobs
Nah, we dont need those
Why he look like dat
Looks like he's losing 90% of the food before it gets into his actual mouth
There's also a fish that has similar jaws called a "Gar" they're pretty cool/scary