- A crocodile made an impromptu appearance at a beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico
- A visitor recorded the reptile waddling through the sand before resting on the beach shore near the packed beach
Stunning footage shows the moment a crocodile invaded a popular Mexican beach last week, scaring off visitors and forcing one lifeguard to usher the creature back to the sea.
The upset crocodile was captured on video crawling through the sands of a beach in the Pacific coast town of Zihuatanejo on Friday.
Footage of the unexpected visit showed the reptile slowly waddling towards the water.
A lifeguard could be seen throwing a life vest to shoo away the crocodile while blowing his whistle and shouting at beachgoers to get out of the way.
A crocodile invaded a beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, on Friday sending swimmers running for safety
However, the animal seemed unbothered by the swimming aid and continued walking to the water to cool itself from the hot sun.
The video ends with the croc heading out to sea, and it doesn’t appear there were any injuries from the incident.
As a security measure following the encounter, the Zihuatanejo city government announced that it would be installing a new cyclone mesh to protect people from crocodiles.
The previous one that was up was damaged following a storm last week.
A lifeguard at a beach in the Mexican Pacific coast town of Zihuatanejo walks towards a crocodile to shoo it away while instructing visitors to get out of the water
Visitors at a beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where surprised Friday when a crocodile waddled across the sand
Local in the Pacific coast town of Zihuatanejo say that crocodiles like the one spotted on a beach Friday do not pose any dangers to visitors
Despite their presence, residents said crocodiles like the one spotted Friday do not pose any danger to visitors and that they only leave their habitat when searching for food.
Located 146 miles away from the resort city of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo is best known for its mention in the 1994 film, The Shawshank Redemption, where Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, meets with Tim Robbin’s character to work on his boat. The scene, however, was filmed in St. Croix.
While locals say the Zihuatanejo crocs are harmless, that isn’t always the case along Mexican shores.
In July 2022, two American tourists vacationing in the Pacific coast resort city of Puerto Vallarta were attacked by a crocodile and survived.
One of the victims, a 42-year-old man, went out for a swim around midnight and was bitten by the reptile on the legs, abdomen, chest and arm.
The victim’s 24-year-old companion jumped into to help and was also attacked on his hand.