This video has been making the rounds on social media lately, so you may have already seen it. But I had to share it here.
A group of tourists in the Brazilian Pantanal filmed a jaguar diving underwater to kill a caiman. These South-American relatives of the alligator are the apex river predator where they are found, so for a jaguar to take one on in its domain shows how remarkable Panthera onca is.
If you watch closely, you can see that the jaguar dispatches the caiman by biting into its neck vertebrae. This is one of their killing finishing techniques. The other is biting straight through their prey’s skull. No other big cat regularly does this.
While the photography – naturally – is not as good, the incident is even more impressive than the National Geographic clip you’ve put elsewhere on your blog.
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Yes, in the Nat Geo clip the jaguar takes a caiman resting on a sand bar. But in this one the cat goes after the caiman when it’s fully submerged. I’m so glad tourists like yourself are sharing their jaguar-related media with the world. It help to generate appreciation for the species.