Antonio Ruiz is a daredevil photographer living in Costa Rica. He wanted some close-up shots of a crocodile and almost got eaten in the process.
The video above (which contains some strong language) was shot by David Clow on March 18, 2013 in Rio Tarcoles, Costa Rica.
His photographer friend, Antonio Ruiz, was taking photos of crocodiles with his DSLR camera, while other friends were throwing chunks of meat into the river.
Ruiz was a little too brave, and positioned himself right at the edge of the water, getting some real close-ups of the action.
The location is known as "Crocodile Bridge." The water in the location is literally teeming with crocodiles and Ruiz got some really great photos of the crocs battling each other over the free food.
Then Ruiz had an experience he will ever forget, as he was distracted by his noisy friends and narrowly avoided an attack by a hungry crocodile. He was quite literally inches from becoming its next meal.
According to Clow, Ruiz is simply a daredevil photographer, not a dumb one:
"It is called living on the edge, not being dumb. It is called guts, not stupidity. Not everyone can afford a huge lens, eh. My friend, Antonio, may have a death wish, and he may be a little crazy, but he is not stupid. He is a hard dude. I wanted to be down there. Like he says in the video, everyone made it worse yelling. He knows how to behave around them. Try not to be too mean, people. Everyone has a heart, and the most fragile ones, the ones on the edge, are easily broken."
Luckily the story had a happy ending and Ruiz got away with a crazy experience and some really great close-ups of the crocs. Clow, on the other hand, captured a video that is now going viral on the Internet.
Photographer Antonio Ruiz narrowly escapes a crocodile attack.