Monsters of the Nile

Since the building of the Aswan Dam, Nile Crocodiles have been all but wiped out in this famous river, but there remains a true monster lurking in the depths…

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As far as the original Monster of the Nile is concerned, the Nile Crocodile, these have almost been wiped out from the long stretch of Nile River between Cairo and Luxor, so it is virtually unheard of that tourists flocking to these parts to see the pyramids or some royal tombs will have their journey interrupted by those ferocious-looking reptilians. Nile Crocodiles are responsible for the deaths of over 200 Humans each year, and what is scary is that they do actively consider us as their prey! Due to the building of the Aswan Dam along the Nile River, a large number of these ferocious crocs have moved on to pastures new to seek prey that no longer is part of the Nile ecosystem. However, although it’s rare to see crocodiles on the banks of the Nile, there is still some evidence that they exist, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.

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The Nile Crocodile is the second largest crocodile species in the world, behind only the infamous Saltwater Crocs (or “Salties”) that are native to Asia and Australasia. While not present usually in the Nile anymore, the Nile Crocodiles do live in other rivers, as well as marshland and lakes throughout their habitat in central and eastern Africa. Usually, these crocs will weigh up to 900lbs and be over 16ft in length. The 68 cone-shaped teeth of these aggressive Nile crocs are part of the reason they are so feared by the locals around here.

A slow boat down the Nile is perhaps the most romantic way to reach Luxor
A slow boat down the Nile is perhaps the most romantic way to reach Luxor

I took a nice cruise down the Nile between Cairo and Luxor during my stay in Egypt and I often wondered what was lurking in the depths beneath me. Even hippos live in some parts of the Nile. It is certainly not the kind of river you would want to take a dip in!

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