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Swimmer Survives Unscathed From Large Crocodile Chase Across Lagoon In Mexico

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Screenshots from Jam Press via Youtube

Recently, a man swimming in a Mexican lagoon came within striking distance of a massive crocodile. This seemingly horrifying event was caught on camera. The swimmer was able to get away from the danger without suffering any major injuries.

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A Casual Swim Turns Dangerous

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Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, NT, Australia

The man is seen swimming lazily on his back at the beginning of the video. He appears at ease. Clearly extremely oblivious to the threat that may be present. He sees the crocodile suddenly lurching toward him. He swiftly topples over, sensing the impending danger, and begins swimming as rapidly as he can toward the lagoon’s edge.

The Frantic Escape

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Crocodile. Image via Depositphotos

As he swims, the crocodile inches closer. People standing by recording the event scream in terror, repeatedly shouting. The swimmer pulls his shoes off in the water and throws them onto land, trying to lighten his load. The crocodile disappears underwater, heightening the tension. The man struggles to lift himself out of the water and onto the stone ledge.

The Final Push

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Saltwater Crocodile, Kakadu National Park, Australia

After a few attempts, the swimmer manages to pull himself onto the ledge. Undoubtedly exhausted, he lies on the ground for a few seconds before rolling onto his back and shaking. He then grabs his shoes, empties the water from them, and puts them on. The man looks into the water, searching for the crocodile, before limping into the middle of the road.

The Aftermath

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Image via Depositphotos

The video concludes with the swimmer walking away. The surrounding people trying to get his attention. He appears to be in shock but physically unharmed. An image circulating online shows a cut on the back of his thigh, though it is unclear if it was from the crocodile or the escape. Commenters expressed concern about the potential for infection from a crocodile bite, but the man seems to have avoided any serious injuries.

Wrapping Up with Swimmer Survives Unscathed From Large Crocodile Chase Across Lagoon

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Crocodile hiding under water line. Image via Depositphotos

This incident reminds me of the dangers lurking in nature. Thus giving each and everyone of us nature-lovers a lesson that mother nature deserves respect. Despite this terrifying chase, the swimmer’s quick thinking allowed him to escape pretty much unscathed. It’s a harrowing story of survival that could have ended very differently.

The Video

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Heart-stopping moment enormous crocodile chases swimmer before he turns to fight beast off to escape, Source: The Sun, Youtube

What Do Crocodiles Eat?

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Image of a crocodiles head. Image via Leigh Bedford, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Crocodiles are carnivores. They eat fish, birds, mammals, and sometimes other reptiles. They are opportunistic hunters, meaning they eat whatever they can catch. Larger crocodiles can take down bigger prey, including zebras and buffalo.

How Long Do Crocodiles Live?

Close-up image of a crocodiles eye via Pexels

Crocodiles can live for a long time. In the wild, they often live between 35 to 75 years. Some even reach 100 years. Their lifespan depends on species, environment, and threats from humans or other predators.

Where Do Crocodiles Live?

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Slender snouted Crocodiles are shy and reclusive. Image via Leyo, CC BY-SA 3.0 CH https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ch/deed.en, via Wikimedia Commons

Crocodiles are found in rivers, lake, and wetlands in Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Americas. They prefer warm climates and are often seen basking in the sun near water sources.

How Do Crocodiles Hunt?

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Salt water crocodiles are the largest crocodile species in the world. Image via Rohit Naniwadekar, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Crocodiles are ambush predators. They lie still in the water, waiting for prey to come close. A sudden lunge, they grab the prey with their strong jaws and drag it into the water to drown it.

Are Crocodiles Endangered?

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Crocodiles are considered animals at the top of the food chain. Image via Depositphotos.

Some crocodile species are endangered due to habitat loss, hunting and pollution. Therefore conservation efforts are put in place to protect these reptiles. Awareness and laws are helping, but many species remain at risk.

How Big Do Crocodiles Get?

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Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles can grow very large. The saltwater crocodile is the largest, with males reaching lengths of up to 23 feet and weighing over 2,200 pounds. Other species are smaller but still impressive.

What Is the Difference Between Crocodiles and Alligators?

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Image via Depositphotos

Alligators and crocodiles look similar in appearance but are not the same. Alligators have a U-shaped nose, while crocodiles have a V-shaped one. Moreover saltwater environments are home to crocodiles, which are also more hostile animals.

How Do Crocodiles Communicate?

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Saltwater american crocodile. Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles communicate through sounds, body postures and chemical signals. They use vocalizations like roars, hisses and grunts, especially during mating season. Young crocodiles also make noises to call for their mothers.

Do Crocodiles Care for Their Young?

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Saltwater crocodile as it emerges from water with a toothy grin. Image via Depositphotos

Yes, female crocodiles care for their young. They build nests and guard the eggs. Generally once hatched, the mother helps the babies reach the water and protects them from predators for several months.

How Fast Can Crocodiles Move?

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Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles can move quickly in short bursts. On land, they can run up to 17 km/h (11 mph) for short distances. In water, they are powerful swimmers. Thus using their tails to propel themselves swiftly.

What Adaptations Help Crocodiles Survive?

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Massive Saltwater crocodile underwater shot. Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles have many adaptations. Their eyes and nostrils are on top of their heads, allowing them to see and breathe while mostly submerged. Their strong jaws and conical teeth help them catch and hold prey.

How Do Crocodiles Regulate Their Body Temperature?

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Crocodiles are ectothermic, meaning they rely on the environment to regulate their body temperature. Evidently they bask in the sun to warm up and retreat to shade or water to cool down. This helps them maintain their energy levels.

Can Crocodiles Be Dangerous to Humans?

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Large crocodiles can pose a threat to smaller ones. Image via Charles J. Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Indeed, crocodiles can pose a threat to people, particularly in regions where human activity coexists with their habitats. Particularly during nesting season, they have the ability to attack if they sense a threat or if humans venture into their territory.

How Do Crocodiles Mate?

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Madagascar crocodile. Image via Luc Legay, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Crocodiles mate in the water. The male courts the female with vocalizations and displays. Evidently if the female is receptive, they mate. Afterward, the female lays eggs in a nest she builds from vegetation and mud.

What Role Do Crocodiles Play in Their Ecosystem?

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Crocodiles are mostly find in tropical regions. Image Via Tomas Castelazo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

As apex predators, crocodiles are essential to their environments. They support the management of different prey species’ populations. Thus they preserve a healthy food web. They also keep overgrazing in check, which benefits the health of their habitats.

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