A crocodile carcass found in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur highlights a potentially historic discovery for the region. American crocodiles populate tropical regions across Mexico. However, they are not found in the arid climates on the Baja California peninsula where the creature was discovered. The demise of the nine-foot creature further “seemed recent since it was still in perfect temperature and complete.”
Lifelong BCS resident, Pepe Murrieta, spotted the large reptile at 9 a.m. Monday at Cabo Pulmo National Park. According to USAToday, Murietta runs a dive center and restaurant in Cabo Pulmo. Murrieta said, “It is the first time that we have found something like this on our beaches.”
The desert-like climate in which the crocodile was found remains unsuitable for the species.
Further, while the crocodile appeared whole, the local added “it looks like it was in the sea for a while.”
He pointed to the barnacles partially covering the crocodile. Because of this, he suspected it could have drifted across the gulf during recent storms. However, the news outlet stated the creature displayed no signs of predation from its time in the water.
Additionally, nearby sanctuaries reported all residents were present and accounted for.
As authorities don’t have information regarding the creature’s origins, government scientists recovered the crocodile carcass and plan to conduct a necropsy. The process should confirm the species and point to a potential cause of death.
Crocodile Makes a Grab for Drone Camera
For now, we continue to wait on information regarding the above crocodile discovery. Meanwhile, insanely cool footage captured several crocodiles making a jump for a drone camera in an Australian crocodile park.
The footage shows the swampy algae-covered waters of the park, swathes of bright green entirely filling the frame. Early footage from the clip captures a handful of the monstrous creatures enjoying the park’s waters. That is until the camera disturbs them.
The videographer, crocodile feeder and tour guide, Johani Mamid, said he was surprised to see how aggressively the crocodiles behaved. Many of the shots show the giant reptiles amping themselves up, making a leap for the camera, massive jaws agape.
Of his endeavor to record the great creatures, Mamid said, “I was pretty confident the crocodiles weren’t going to get the drone but that was a risk I was willing to take.”
He said of the animals themselves, “We definitely do fear them because of the level of respect we have for them.” He added that a crocodile has the strongest bite force of any animal in the world, their teeth designed to grasp prey and never release.
Mamid shared his experience working with the crocodiles as well. He shared that park workers patrol areas in pairs, armed with nothing but bamboo sticks.
“Whenever a croc comes near us, we just whack them over the head with the bamboo,” he said.