Louri Creek Croc, Gabon

Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

April 2, 2007

A days-old Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, takes his first swim through the tannin-stained Louri Creek, deep in the heart of the 380,000-acre Loango National Park.

Photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, the August 2004 feature story "In the Land of the Surfing Hippos."