While birding along the beach, little ol' me wasn't paying attention to the ocean. The pic above is clear.....but was it so clear below?
Someone called my attention to the water and I ran!!! I wasn't aware that crocs could swim oceans!! I thought that they just hung out in rivers.
Slowly Tito, the 15 year old croc(named by the Coiba Island crew), emerged from the Pacific waters.
Obviously, they are intelligent creatures with extreme patience. They have been known to stalk humans for days and observe their patterns. At night, when people are sleeping, the croc will attack. This is one of the few survivors, beyond dragonflies, that have survived the prehistoric times of the dinosaur. They are a predator to watch out for in the waters. Protected in most countries, the Saltwater Croc is an extreme success story and is making a comeback after a near extinction back in the mid 20th century. Most countries, like Australia, now regulate their populations as they have exploded over the past 2 decades.
During our stay on Coiba Island, we spotted 3 saltwater crocs floating like logs in the water. These crocs can get quite large. Just check out this giant saltwater croc caught alive off the shores of the Philippines! This one checks out at 21 feet!! So if you're in an area that is lucky to have these amazing reptiles, keep your eyes on the look out:) Here's a vid I shot back on Coiba island from this past summer.