Presence of crocodile alarmed tourists and locals on Acapulco beach

27/09/2020

According to local merchants, the reptile, which is approximately three meters long, emerged from the sea at about 4 p.m. and remained for several minutes, prowling between the restaurants of Quinta Rosita and Juanita, causing alarm among visitors and locals. However, before the majesty of the predator, many took the opportunity to get as close as possible to it to take pictures.

A crocodile in Acapulco. Photo: city government
A crocodile in Acapulco. Photo: city government

Personnel from the General Coordination of Civil Protection and Firefighters of the Port of Acapulco showed up at the site, starting the tours to capture it, but the animal had already left the site. However, they asked the population, service providers, and visitors to take extreme precautions on the sand strip and when entering the sea, as well as to report any crocodile sightings.

At Pie de la Cuesta beach few people go into the sea because of the strong waves, but many come to the place to see the spectacular sunset. On September 7, a crocodile more than a meter long caused fear among the inhabitants of the municipal seat of Coyuca de Benitez, after it ate a stray dog.

According to reports, the reptile was sighted prowling the urban area and the Civil Protection authorities were told to take the specimen and return it to its natural habitat. The attack on the canine alarmed the neighbors, especially since a child could be affected and suffer human losses.

For its part, Civil Protection indicated that at least 10 crocodiles were arriving in the area, so the recommendation was issued that the inhabitants should not enter the lagoon to avoid being preyed upon. However, many locals continue to do so with the aim of fishing for shrimp and other edible species. So far there have been no attacks by reptiles on humans in this place.

It is worth mentioning that very close to Acapulco, the most important tourist destination in the state of Guerrero, is located in the Barra de Coyuca, where the Pacific Ocean meets the lagoon, a place where crocodiles are found in their natural habitat.

These species are seen on the beaches during times of heavy rain, because when the water level rises the crocodiles are dragged by the currents and take advantage of the fact that the Barra is open to go out to saltwater attracted by dams.