Playa del Carmen, Q. R. — An on-duty lifeguard spotted a crocodile over the weekend swimming at a popular Playa del Carmen beach.
The one-meter crocodile was seen in the shallows waters at Punta Esmeralda over the weekend. The alert forced swimmers out of the water surrounding the cenote. Civil Protection arrived and cordoned off an area where the crocodile was seen swimming.
Personnel from the local fire department also arrived. There were no reports of attacks or injuries.
In January, sun bathers at Punta Esmeralda also reported seeing three crocodiles early on a Sunday morning.
Civil Protection responded to the call that the reptiles were seen walking the beach, however after numerous emergency officials arrived, the search for the crocodiles turned up empty.
Lucio Salvador Arguea, deputy director of Civil Protection, said the animals likely returned to the nearby mangroves due to the humidity. “These animals come out because there is a lot of humidity in the environment,” adding that “We ask people to be careful with these reptiles.”