Photo of the Day 3 November 2007

Crocodile, Cape York Peninsula, Australia, 1995
Photograph by Sam Abell
Seventeen feet (five meters) of brute reptilian force, a saltwater crocodile snaps at the camera in Shelburne Bay, Cape York Peninsula, Australia. Earth's largest living crocodilians, "salties," as they're affectionately known in Australia, are among the area's most dangerous predators. Without warning, they explode from the water with a thrash of their powerful tails and drag their victim—water buffalo, monkey, shark—under water.