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National Geographic Video: Jaguar captures a Caiman

National Geographic Video:   Jaguar captures a Caiman



The Caiman is a close relative of the alligator, but most species are quite a bit smaller than North American Alligators.   However, this video features the Black Caiman, (Melanosuchus niger), which can grow more than 5 m (16 ft) in length and weigh up to 1,100 kg (2,400 lb). The black caiman is the largest caiman species in the world and is found in the slow-moving rivers and lakes that surround the Amazon basin.  It is remarkable how much the river in the documentary resembles the Choctawhatchee River in Alabama, the Altamaha River in Georgia or the Suwanee River in Florida.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Hey Richard
    Something may be wrong with this link. I could not get the video to play.

    • Just cut and paste the URL into your search bar. It is the correct URL.

  2. You may have to cut and past the link. WordPress does not seem to want to give you a direct connection.


    Wow! That was an awesome video. A Very smooth, stealthly, quick and deadly hunter. I knew some big cats could swim, but I sure didn’t know that jaguars were such excellent swimmers. Thanks as always Richard for your enlightening tidbits of information.
    I hope the renovations on your home will move along as swiftly as the jaguar.

    • Let’s see . . . I could best describe the progress as that like a dependable work horse. LOL My goal is do something each day of the week, which changes the appearance of the property or the house. However, there is a lot of work to be done. I am typically working on the house or property, 8-12 hours a day, seven days a week.


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