By Shatabdi Chakrabarti
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Videographer / director: Marc Nussuame
Producer: Shatabdi Chakrabarti, James Thorne
Editor: Sonia Estal
Passionate amateur photographer Marc Nussaume and his girlfriend Pailin visited Pantanal in Brazil in August 2018 to track and photograph the jaguars - the largest felines in the Americas.
Spending six days in the location, Marc and Pailin got the incredible opportunity to photograph this very rare sighting - two rival males fighting on the river banks.
Pantanal is the largest wetland area in the world and one of the best places to spot and photograph Jaguars. This was the first trip for the duo in that location.
Marc told Barcroft TV: “Working as CEO of an education company does not give me the time I would like. Because of my interest and passion for wildlife, I try and visit such locations as much as I can. And what we witnessed in Pantanal was unbelievable.”
During their six days in Pantanal, Marc and Pailin, along with their guide, had been tracking an old male Jaguar along the river banks.
He said: “This old male is supposed to be the dominant cat in the area. He is about 12 years old and is called Scarface, because of the big scar on his mouth. We had been tracking him regularly.
"We also knew that a younger male, called Marley, had been scouting the same territory and had even mated with one of Scarface’s females a few days back.”
On the day they witnessed the fight, Marc had been following Scarface since morning.
He said: “We followed him and found him resting and that’s when our guide signalled that the younger male, Marley, was approaching him.
"There were already talks about how this new younger male is quite bold and people have been speculating that maybe Scarface will lose his territory soon.”
As Marley approached Scarface, both Marc and Pailin got ready with their cameras as everything pointed to a possible territorial fight.
Marc said: “When the jaguars took position it looked like we were going to be in for a very special treat. And the moment was indeed unbelievable. But behind the camera you don’t realize the intensity.”
Pailin was shooting videos while Marc took photographs, and they relived the experience after the fight got over.
Marc said: “We kept looking at the video over and over again in slow motion and were completely amazed. I instantly knew that this was an extraordinary moment we had captured. ”
Even their guide, who has an experience of 16 years in Pantanal, had never seen something like this before, so Marc was understandably proud of his footage.
He said: “After so many trips in Africa I have never seen anything like this. This is my most amazing moment ever.”