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The Gharial is a critically endangered crocodilian, typically found in India & Nepal

The Gharial is a critically endangered crocodilian, typically found in India & Nepal

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Jayer244

It looks like it could be beaten with just a rubber band


YourMomThinksImFunny

Powerful jaw muscles for biting down. Relatively weak muscles for opening mouth.


MustardColoredVolvo

Like all gators. Good bit of into


Mt_Arreat

Like all members of the crocodilian family, not just gators


Knowsalotaboutstuff

* very weak


alral1988

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


h2opolopunk

>It’s still got all them pointy teeth ... but no toothbrush to brush them with.


alral1988

Medulla Oblon-GATA


fantomknight1

Well, folks, Mama's wrong again


Ok_Spinach7119

No colonel sanders, you’re wrong. Mommas right


fatbluecatdaddy

It’s got kind of a muppet vibe to it.


bernpfenn

yea I want to hug it. sweet. and a funny face


le_pagla_baba

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


_its_Official_Alex_

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.


544delta

It would make a pretty good melee weapon. Grab it by the paddle lookin mouth and go to town on the zoo officials.


witchy_cheetah

It is a fish eater. But the bodies are quite large compared to the head and muzzle.


Starkrall

Because of the eyes, basically a glowing weak point.


mesmerizingeyes

looks like a low level minon in an mmorpg


MaxwellHouser4456

My buddy Stumpy used to say the same thing..


Meneghette--steam

Prob you could, this thing cant Hurt you more than a pitbull, just dont let it take your arm


dying_soon666

It does say critically endangered


Dirtheavy

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.


largemarjj

> 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.


DesiBwoy

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.


Dirtheavy

I just googled. As of February 16th of this year, there were 182 of these left in the whole world.


OftenShady

Id assume you're talking about them in the wild, because like 60 were hatched in just my city zoo alone in 2017.


existential_virus

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


Godfather1729

Never knew this. Thanks!


le_pagla_baba

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


TerminustheInfernal

There wasn't poisonously high levels of cadmium, lead, chromium, and arsenic in the ganges river 40 years ago.


croto8

It’s ok, they’re endangered now so you can cheer up


Thymeisdone

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.


Bruins37FTW

Holy shit I remember zoo books! I loved them as a kid


gedaliyah

I feel like it could do with losing about half of that jaw


Cartime99

I watched that whole show i don’t remember that think in an episode. Which episode was it


caverypca

It uses chopsticks


nowiserjustolder

I just remember this guy chasing the nut in Ice Age movies


onceinablueberrymoon

scrat was a saber-tooth squirrel!


solateor

Definitely the most prehistoric looking animal I’ve ever seen. Mind blown! Video comes courtesy of @JasonAtTheZoo


Irishyoudleave

Check out the shoebill stork. Now THAT looks prehistoric!


hufuuubk

Yes and they sound like machine guns going off too!


-castle-bravo-

Looks like a kid tried to draw a crocodile from memory…


Davoneous

I’m sure that thing could mess me up, maybe even kill me. But I would have a hard time taking it seriously.


JHighDa03

It’s because his eyes make him look stoned as balls


t6678426

Same, it's not as intimidating (on the internet)


not_the_myth

If it were that ferocious, it would either be not endangered or completely wiped out by humans.


ZippyParakeet

So I guess Lions, Tigers and other predators aren't that ferocious then xD (both of these big cats are endangered in India)


not_the_myth

Stop being correct. You’re making me look dumb.


CraptasticFanDango

Don't skip snout day...


wmds30

Typically found on India and Nepal and all my nightmares


Azar002

If Pixar made a crocodile.


0l--__--l0

>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. https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/india/story/madhya-pradesh-top-spot-gharial-count-says-state-forest-minister-1643174-2020-02-04 Good to know that their number are growing now.


not_the_myth

Unless India counts things how China does.


TerminustheInfernal

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.\[89\]" [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gharial#Threats](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gharial#Threats)


0l--__--l0

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.


Nottheone1101

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


0l--__--l0

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)


mnstckwn

Ahh a zoo, of course, that explains the dead fish. Came here for that, thank you.


robo-dragon

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!


not_the_myth

Ah shit! My mother was a fish!


talkingtimmy

Why tf did it evolve like that


DesiBwoy

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!


cyclotron258

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.


poornose

I killed and ate these in MGS 3.


PatrickDomino

same, the headpiece was great


chrishammhamm

I'm gonna be real sad when all these awesome animals are gone from the earth. I hope it doesnt happen in my lifetime.


Professional_Pea1371

Same


brutalduties

THE EYES. OMFG THE EYES.


kranzberry

I have been alive for 34 years, and I can tell you that I have never seen this creature before.


taptapper

56 and me either


who-there

Lad will go extinct till the fish reaches it's mouth ffs.


Professional_Pea1371

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)


PatrickDomino

but how does it taste?


Arabracer1

I’ve had fried gator it’s alittle chewy but it tastes good.


onlydabestofdabest

All them teeth and no toothbrush


pablosowell

Mama says


HolidayJuice6

Well, looks like mama's WRONG!!!!


DarthScruf

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.


TerminustheInfernal

[No, the primary reason for endangerment is pollution.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gharial#Threats)


budgie0507

Pure nightmare fodder.


Dean403

Don't tell the Chinese where they are.


Outrageous-Monk-6281

So cute


[deleted]

If that’s real that amazing


BarryDingel69

Found in India, Nepal, and Donkey Kong Country.


GuiseppeRezettiReady

Maybe because it can’t get any food in its mouth.


Jaerin

That does not look like the food it was evolved to eat.


TheStoneMask

It's precisely the food it was evolved to eat. Narrow snout with interlocking teeth is ideal for catching fish.


Deryabend

It looks so hard for them to eat anything, no wonder they’re endangered.


Safe-Tumbleweed8819

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... 😳


TheStoneMask

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.


GrownUpTurk

Yeah this thing was meant to go extinct


AlphaLo

>>I'm far far from a wildlife expert<< You already answered yourself.


DrMaxCoytus

That just looks impractical.


fionnwhel193

that is absolutely terrifying


Joey2Hole

Where can I donate to help with saving this prehistoric looking croc?


ProbablyABore

It's the derpydile again!


pablosowell

Looks like a Gar


NeutralArt12

I’m no expert but it appears the problem with this animals survival is it’s big stupid face


TheStoneMask

Nah, mostly habitat loss, hunting and pollution. They were doing fine for millions of years before we showed up.


Hotdog1221

i want one


Reddholcombe

That’s a fucking abomination


Indigo162

Probly endangered cause it can't get food into it's mouth


Gatush

Yeah no shit it's endangered, WTF can it do with that beak looking thing?


TheStoneMask

Hunt slippery fish in a murky river very efficiently.


ew5264

Jesus.


Lancerux

Christe.


A1A5KA

Monte .... Cristo


TitsClitsTaylorSwift

I can see why. Nature selected that for extinction.


Professional_Pea1371

Wrong. They evolved to eat fish and should be fine on their own, but climate change and pollution is killing them off.


TitsClitsTaylorSwift

It has a fucking clarinet for a mouth. So yes.


Professional_Pea1371

No. [link ](https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/gharial) click on conservation tab


BigDog_626

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.


bernpfenn

isn't it huggable?


dahliyanii

Wtf?? Is that real? Don’t worry, I’ll Google it… 🤯


FaelinnCanada

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.


cakeresurfacer

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)


elchucknorris300

No Wonder it's endangered. What a terribly inefficient way to live.


crowdext

Chopsticks 😂


TheStoneMask

Not if you're specialising in hunting slippery fish in a murky river.


TrickyMixture

Looks like good odds to me


schink10

is this jurassic park or….?


Slatcentral

I can see why


TankGirlwrx

No thank you


Fresh_Athlete_7288

I have never seen or heard of that thing in my life !


MaxRex77

It's good eating and you can make boots and purses from it's leather


aboutlikecommon

He evolved to eat a lot of canned food


_Not_A_Og_

Crocodile. Endangered. Never thought I'd see those two words in the same sentence


dodexahedron

Looks like a wild Nope-odile to me.


JackHavoc161

Mandela effect


babulosli

I've ate a lot of those... in mgs3


MustardColoredVolvo

Visually, seems like a poor design. That aside, what’s causing this? Don’t they only eat fish and there’s no fish?


vshawk2

Kinda makes you think: If it can't swallow it's food, no wonder it is endangered.


Professional_Pea1371

Actually it’s endangered die to pollution, but it does look pretty funky [click on conservation tab ](https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/gharial)


TittyBoy6

Ohhhh noooo thats... awful news


Lazaras

Looks like something lil Jesus drew in kindergarten


SirM0rgan

I'd go extinct too if my mouth was that dumb


DiarrheaShitLord

It’s like a pug crocodile


Craycraft

Those things from Donkey Kong County are real?


gitarzan

Toothy snout reminds me of a gar fish.


Able-Calligrapher652

That looks harder than eating soup with a fork


damnbruh23

Shit if I looked like that I’d be in danger too.


foxfugitiv

If there was a Crocodile Steven King, this would be what his Pennywise looks like.


FULLMETALRACKIT518

This is the opposite of running a hundred yard dash in a 90 yard gym.


2Ziggy

Never these kind existed. Very interesting


TheOverman123

Damn I want this species to stay alive. It looks so cool.


Character_Lychee_434

Does it attack people


ProbablyABore

Not unless you try to capture it.


RapidLii

nah dinosaur were supposed to be extinct ages ago


GeneralBluebees

So basically if Sid from Ice Age had a kid with a crocodile...


jaybirdbull

The gharial is my favorite animal. They’re so fascinating and mysterious, I hope they can keep hanging on.


taptapper

If I saw one of those in the wild I'd shit myself


ShrapNeil

I didn’t realize that anything that looked like this was still alive.


IndianGamer_2005

He would've caught 5 fishes at once.


JeromesDream

this thing would be insanely good at slurping a really long spaghetti noodle


odwyer02

If you take 4 puffs before you pass, who's gonna fight for your ass?


PokeManiac16

Geh•ree•uhl


wilson5266

For some reason this makes me very sad :(


jumpinjehovas

This fucker would deglove your whole arm


lyuk32

He look like a nice guy


wbenrose84

An alligator will see you later, and a crocodile will see you in a while. Soooo...this guy will see you in your nightmares?


GaryxBusey

Snoot boi


dianekvg

It looks like a child’s drawing of what they think an alligator looks like.


Cdlouis

No 🥲


ambamshazam

May they always stay there, far away from me


Jealous_Economist439

Mf chainsaw croc


BrowsingCoins

that's a dinosaur


bensawn

Lol mf looks like Tim Burton’s crocodile.


WellWrested

Of all the things that could go extinct, this might be the one Im least likely to lose sleep over


Aazimatt

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


Girthquake23

It looks like a person could easily snap his thin ass mouth, why is it so small and long?


UniversityOk5928

No wonder the animal is endangered.


HurkyFriend

No that’s Crocodile Lite


ClyanStar

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


mattfox27

Oh and I'm sure those countries are doing everything possible to preserve them 🙄


PanDariusKairos

Boop the snoot.


ShittyFartFuck

Gharials are like another one of those Bearenstain Bears things for me... Like In 32 years of life I just found out these exist.


wiltedletus

Why are those fish dead?


Image_Inevitable

Looks like it's not so great at eating *dead* fish, even. Imma let this one go and not feel bad.


GodrichOfTheAbyss

Bet it gives mean rimjobs


TheFooPilot

Nah, we dont need those


logosfabula

He cute.


akuch-II

Why he look like dat


Izarow

Looks like he's losing 90% of the food before it gets into his actual mouth


Highchurch71

There's also a fish that has similar jaws called a "Gar" they're pretty cool/scary