This is the astonishing moment between a Jaguar and Crocodile.
A Jaguar emerged from the water to launch a ferocious attack on a crocodile basking on a sand bank.
These stunning images show the 20-stone cat striking with lightning speed while the eight-foot reptile basks on a river island in Brazil.
In a flurry of action, the ferocious cat sinks its teeth and claws into the back of the leathery reptile before whisking it away in its jaws.
Jaguar and Crocodile aggressive battle
Killing: This is the dramatic moment a male jaguar sneaks up behind a Yacare crocodile before it launches a ferocious attack
Justin Black, 39, who witnessed the attack. He said: ‘He lifted the 150lb crocodile and trotted toward the water like it was a doggie bone’
‘The fact he attacked from the water is astonishing. It was reminiscent of crocs attacking land animals in Africa.’
The scene unfolded by the Cuiaba River in the Pantanal Wetlands of western Brazil.
The battle-scarred jaguar is well-known to biologists, who have nicknamed him ‘Mick Jaguar’.
He is estimated to be seven years old. He is almost blind in his right eye, probably due to battles defending his territory.
Mr Black, from Washington DC, U.S, was on a boat with Jeff Foott when they spotted ‘Mick’ stalking Yacare crocodile
Hunt: This jaguar was filmed launching a ferocious attack on a crocodile as it basked in the sun in western Brazil. Above, the animal crouches down as it plans its attack
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Stealth: The 20-stone cat stalked the reptile while it lay on a sandbank by the Cuiaba River in the Pantanal Wetlands. Above, the jaguar glides silently across the river
Panic: As the jaguar attacks, the caiman attempts to make an escape
‘Once at the edge he exploded from the water and onto the caiman’s back, swinging the claws of his right paw into its side.
‘He then hooked the caiman with his left paw as well and went for a killing bite at the back of the skull – but he didn’t have a good angle.
‘He then pushed the caiman into the water broadside – pushing a bow wave ahead of them as he swam.
‘When he reached the opposite beach he quickly disappeared into the grasses with his kill.’
According to scientists, there are an estimated 4,000-7,000 Jaguars in the Pantanal.
They have become specialist caiman killers and hunt during broad daylight, surprising the cold-blooded reptiles while they bask in the sun.
They are also the largest and most powerful jaguars in South America, enabling them to take down larger prey.
Vicious: The battle-scarred jaguar is estimated to be seven years old. He is almost blind in his right eye. Which believed to be due to battles defending his territory
Biting: The photographer, from Washington, added: ‘The fact he attacked from the water is astonishing.
It was reminiscent of crocs attacking land animals in Africa’
Savage: Following the struggle, the powerful jaguar could see Yacare crocodile with its strong teeth
Victorious: According to scientists, there are an estimated 4,000-7,000 Jaguars in the Pantanal Wetlands. Above, the victorious cat drags the caiman through the river
Jaguars become a tourist pull in this area of the Pantanal because they can be regularly seen in broad daylight.
Elsewhere, jaguars are often hunted and tend to be shy and reclusive, making them much harder to see in the wild.
Biologist Charles Munn from the Jaguar Research Centre predicts that in 2013, 4,000 people will come to see the caiman-hunting jaguars.
There are estimated to be between 50,000 to 100,000 jaguars in the wild throughout South America.