Posted by Dave Collins on December 14, 2006, 9:54 pm, in reply to "Re: caiman"
Crocodiles have been around a lot longer than us--243 million years longer, in fact. Trapping them in the mangrove with a fence is hardly a sustainable answer, and could potentially further endanger this already endangered species as they require the ocean for supplemental food and as a solution to population pressure.|
As far as crocodiles are concerned, the American Crocodile, the species we have here, is one of the most docile. It is not known to attack humans as are the African, Australian, and Cuban crocodiles, except in rare cases mostly involving humans smelling like fish (i.e., fisherman walking or swimming around in croc. habitat). The bottom scientific line is that adolescent to adult humans are out of these croc.´s size range. However, small children and dogs should beware of swimming in the ocean if a croc. is spotted. There has NEVER been a death reported from a crocodile attack on the coast of Jalisco in the last 45 years since these statistics were first recorded, and only very few incidents. Statistically, you´re more likely to get killed by lightning or an insect.
Let´s keep La Manzanilla a little on the wild side. Swim at your own risk. ˇVivan los cocodrilos!
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