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#457652 - 02/08/13 06:52 PM crocodiles  
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last trip we stayed t a villa on mosquito coast. we did see the crocs in the lagoon. however no one has said anything about crocs in the surf. one afternoon, looking seaward during a very heavy downpour i noticed a large object in the surf. it was moving reasonally fast, the propulsion could have been a combo of wind and tide. the rain made it impossible to pick out details. it had a profile similar to the alligators we have here in texas, a head area, a submerged center, then the tail visible. it may have been a log. i am bringing down my 3 year old granddaughter and we have to be very careful with children around water here, as they make wonderful gator candy. i know that published croc attacks are few and far between in the belieze press, but here on the texas coast shark attacks are published as fish bites and portuguese man of war stings are called jelly fish rashes. so what can you tell me? thanks tb

#457660 - 02/08/13 08:30 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: texasbill]  
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The Belize press would publish as many as they could if there were any, they like a good bucket of blood story.

I lived and worked with Crocodile researchers from Texas Tech for several years at Lamanai and the best they could put together were one by the Tollbridge in Orange Walk when I guy with a stringer of fish in the river was bitten on the leg and released, one where a crook jumped into the river to evade police in OW and was bit on the leg when he jumped on a Croc, one where a guide picked up a 3' foot Croc incorrectly and it spun and cut his leg open, one where a Croc whose territory we were invading bit the electric motor on our boat, one where a kid in the city jumped off an outhouse and supposedly died from a Croc attack but the autopsy showed that he'd hit his head and hadn't even been bitten. Since those days (10+ years) I've heard of one person on the island who was drunk, fell into the lagoon in the middle of the night and landed by a Croc and was bit and a guy who was drunk and decided to swim (or was persuaded to swim) in a canal on the back side which didn't end up well for him.

If you don't put your granddaughter in the water at night, at dawn and at dusk you'll be fine (their natural feeding time).

Unless fed by humans most Crocs are terrified of humans. This past summer I tried to get in the water and film a saltwater Croc out at Half Moon Caye and I couldn't get anywhere near it.

#457661 - 02/08/13 09:16 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: texasbill]  
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Yep, not a realistic fear, I have been considering Scuba in the Mangrove/lagoon for underwater shots, might be pushing my luck, but they seem to just run away.


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#457663 - 02/08/13 09:32 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: SimonB]  
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Simon, I know of another crocodile attack at Lamanai from a story that Barry Bowen told to me:

When Barry was still young he was involved in salvaging sunk mahogany wood from the lagoon at Lamanai. What they did was dive and look for tree trunks at the bottom of the lagoon, then they would hammer a nail in the tree trunk with a string and a balloon attached, so they could locate it from the surface and pull them out with a barge. One day when he was checking on the progress, he found his divers in shock on the shore and they absolutely refused to go back into the water. They had confused a crocodile with a tree trunk and had tried to hammer a nail into the animal. Needless to say that the crocodile got very violent, but luckily the divers escaped unharmed.


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#457672 - 02/08/13 11:14 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: texasbill]  
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#457673 - 02/08/13 11:35 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: texasbill]  
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We ran into one while biking around the back of Caye Caulker over just north of the airstrip on the East side when we were visiting two weeks ago. It was sunning itself on a log about 20 feet away when we saw it, but it slipped into the water and swam away once it noticed us. About 5 and a half feet. Definitely more scared of us.

#457674 - 02/08/13 11:39 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: Short]  
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I think it was last year or the year before I was having coffee on the pier at Royal Palms and a crock was passing by, a big muther too. Never saw it again.


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#457719 - 02/09/13 12:18 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: SimonB]  
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#457720 - 02/09/13 12:19 PM Re: crocodiles [Re: elbert]  
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