Crocodile bites American tourist in Puerto Vallarta

28/07/2021

Kiana Hummel, an 18-year-old resident of California, United States, was attacked by a crocodile while on the beach of the Marriot Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. The newspaper ABC13 reported the news this Tuesday, after confirming the attack and contacting the affected woman and the hotel staff.

According to this media, the young woman decided to go to the beach during the night with a group of friends and, after several minutes, the crocodile came out of the sea and bit her on the leg; the group tried to chase the crocodile away and it released her, but it bit her again, this time on the ankle. After moments of panic, they were able to drive the crocodile back and rescued the girl, who was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

According to the girl's testimony, the ambulance took 45 minutes to arrive at the hotel and at the hospital, before attending to her, they demanded a large amount of money in dollars.

She also accuses the hotel of not having the necessary signs and for not verbally warning people, however, Marriott's spokeswoman, Kerstin Sachl, assured that the hotel has the signs in which they make reference to the fauna that inhabits the area. Fortunately, the girl did not lose any limbs, although she will require a second surgery to start walking.

Perception is that there are more and more crocodiles in Puerto Vallarta

Members of the Green Patrol of the Municipal Police managed to capture a crocodile that was on the public road in the Marina Vallarta area in front of the golf course. The report was received by the municipal authorities during the early morning hours when they were informed that a crocodile was in the middle of the street on Pelicanos Street and could have been run over or attacked by someone.

Upon confirming the facts, they requested the presence of the Green Patrol personnel, who arrived at the place to capture the reptile, which was taken to the Fluvial Vallarta area so that Ecology personnel could pass by, due to the fact that it was not marked.

The patrol personnel indicated that the crocodile was found on the public road and was quickly captured, so they began to check it and noticed that it was fine, a situation for which they left it in the hands of the Ecology biologist so that they could carry out the corresponding studies, mark it and release it in a safe place for it.

In Puerto Vallarta, there are about 250 crocodiles and only 40 of them are of adult age

According to data from the University of Guadalajara and various studies carried out by the municipal government and the director of the El Salado estuary, there are only 250 crocodiles in Puerto Vallarta and only 40 of them are of adult age. This number is not higher than in past years and, on the contrary, it has decreased, since a couple of decades ago it was estimated that there were almost 350 specimens and 100 of them in adult age.

However, there is an erroneous perception among the public that there is an overpopulation of crocodiles. The main reason for this perception is that they are becoming more and more 'visible' and their photographs are going viral on social networks, however, their presence in public view is due to the lack of spaces that used to be their home and are now urban developments.

The number of crocodiles has not increased in recent decades, despite the perception that there are more and more of them.

Of the estimated 250 specimens, 40 of them are of adult age and the vast majority are located in the estuary of Boca de Tomatlán and Boca Negra, so an encounter with them is complicated. So no, there is no overpopulation of crocodiles, there are even fewer than before, but they have less space to live and they have to find their way to aquatic sites.

By Mexicanist