Swimmers flee as huge crocodile spotted on tourist beach
Holidaymakers in a popular resort town got the shock of their lives when they were greeted by an unexpected visitor while enjoying a swim at the beach.
Footage taken at a beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico last week shows the moment a crocodile appeared on the sand, scaring away swimmers who fled the water.
The surprise guest was filmed crawling along the sand, being redirected back into the water by a lifeguard. In the background, curious holidaymakers watched on from afar, with some seen escaping the ocean as the croc approached.
The lifeguard can be heard shouting at swimmers to stay clear while blowing a whistle. The animal however appeared unbothered by the commotion as it slowly made its way back into the sea.
Crocodiles are known to roam the area of Zihuatanejo, and other popular beaches in Mexico. There are three types including the Morelet crocodile, the American crocodile, and the Spectacled Caiman crocodile.
Safety precautions put in place to protect swimmers
In most cases, crocodiles found in Mexico are considered harmless to humans, and locals welcome them freely.
Typically, nets are used to stop crocodiles from approaching popular swimming areas in Mexico, in the same way shark nets are used in Australia. However, the one at this beach had reportedly been damaged in a storm last week.
The Zihuatanejo city government has reportedly announced a safety precaution following the close encounter with tourists and will replace the damaged net.
Crocodile spotted swimming at Aussie beach
Earlier this year, a crocodile was spotted swimming inside the nets at Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. People had been swimming for well over an hour before it was spotted.
According to Surf Live Saving Queensland, stinger nets are used to protect swimmers from box jellyfish and other small marine life, not crocodiles. The Queensland Department of Environment and Science recommend beachgoers watch out for crocodiles after high tides and heavy rains.
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