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In this Oct. 14, 2013 photo, ecology professor Ricardo Freitas weighs a broad-snouted caiman before releasing it back in the water channel in the affluent Recreio dos Bandeirantes suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While local caimans average about 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) long and weigh about 10 kilograms (22 pounds), older males can be up to twice as long and much heavier. Still, Freitas has been known to dive into the water to catch some with his bare hands. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)