Watch Scientists Catch Crocodiles—in the Dark

September 7, 2016 - Deep in the lagoons of the Yucatán Peninsula lives the powerful and elusive Morelet's crocodile, which is crucial to the health of the local ecosystem. A group of Mexican scientists embarks on a nighttime venture to capture the reptiles and study their well-being. Although the crocodiles can navigate the dark lagoons with ease, the scientists have a harder time with the low visibility and dense mangroves—and with the quick reflexes of their targets.

Smaller than its American cousins, the Morelet's crocodile survives in the diverse biosphere called Sian Ka'an, where conservationists, tour operators, and the local Maya people work together to protect the environment and promote sustainable development.