This stunning image gives the rarest glimpse of one of the world's most endangered crocodiles as it silently swims through the deserted waterways of southern Mexico.

Acclaimed Hawaiian photographer Doug Perrine, 58, risked his life to get these amazing shots of extraordinary creatures, including this dangerous animal near Tulum, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

The beautiful Morelet's breed was hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1940's because of its valuable skin but is again starting to flourish thanks to conservation laws.

The crocodile was captured using sophisticated underwater technology and shows its predatory instincts as it bares the 68 razor-sharp teeth it uses to feed on domestic animals such as dogs, as well as birds, fish, lizards, and turtles.

The beautiful beast, which grows to up to 14ft when an adult, has also been known to attack children, particularly if they get too close to their nests or them in mating season - but generally they will shy away from humans.

Morelet's crocodiles are spread over a small number of freshwater streams, marshes, rivers and ponds in Central American countries like Belize and Guatamala as well as in southern Mexico.

The rest of Mr Perrine's work showcases the stunning and often dangerous marine life he has seen while travelling across the United States, Canada, Micronesia, and Australia.