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Basking on the Brink – June 12, 2018

An "unholy" river in India may be the last, best hope for one of the world's largest and most imperiled crocodilians

Dead gharials began washing up on the banks of India’s Chambal River in December 2007. Over the following weeks, the body count grew. By mid-January, the dead reptiles — some the length of two tall men, lined up end to end — numbered in the dozens. By March, more than 110 of the skinny-snouted creatures had been found dead, most along a 30-kilometer (18-mile) stretch of river.

photo of a gharialsphoto Dhritiman Mukherjee Hatchling gharials from multiple females congregate near the dominant male, likely their father, on the territory where they hatched.

At the time, there were thought to be just 200 to 250… more

by: Emily Sohn, Photos by Dhritiman Mukherjee

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