Swimming with crocodiles in QR

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Up close and personal with a crocodile.
Storyful/John Nygren

Swimming with crocodiles in QR

Video shows divers enjoying a dip with American crocs

You can swim with whale sharks in Isla Holbox or dolphins in Puerto Vallarta. It’s possible to go for a dip with sea lions in Cozumel and sea turtles in Akumal.

Or you can try cavorting with crocodiles in the waters of Quintana Roo.

That’s what diver John Nygren did and he has the video to prove it.

Perhaps no one told him that of the 18 attacks on humans by crocodiles in Mexico in 2014, three were fatal.

On the other hand, perhaps Nygren simply doesn’t know fear. The company he works for, Pinnacle Adventures, says on its Facebook page that fear is self-imposed. “You create it, and you can destroy it, too.”

It also says life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

For most people, that comfort zone would surely come to an abrupt end once they found themselves under water, face to face with a large, toothy crocodile. Nygren was diving in waters off Quintana Roo when the American crocodiles appeared, one of them showing as much curiosity in the divers as they did in it.

The crocodiles appear calm and unbothered by the divers surrounding it, as do the divers, who are obviously still within their comfort zone.

Nygren wrote on his Facebook page that given the chance the reptiles would possibly have tried to eat the divers, but the latter’s position in the water and the large camera apparatus they held would probably appear intimidating.

“The crocs don’t want to risk injury by taking us on. If you turn your back on one, put yourself at a disadvantage, stumble and make yourself an easy target, they would immediately lunge and make a meal out of you.”

American crocodiles, a species said to be rare in Quintana Roo’s waters, were blamed in two of the three fatalities reported in Mexico in 2014 by the website CrocBITE. In one case the victim was a 46-year-old man who went for a swim in Huixtla, Chiapas, while intoxicated. In the second, an 80-year-old man went fishing in El Ticuiz, Michoacán. His body was recovered later with an arm missing.

In the third case a middle-aged man is believed to have been attacked and killed by a morelets crocodile in Carpintero Lagoon, Tampico.

For those who appreciate their comfort zones, keeping a wary eye out for crocs is probably the best advice, particularly when swimming — or even golfing. Two crocodile attacks were reported last year on a golf course in Cancún, distinctly a hazard to be reckoned with.

Source: Daily Mail (en)

Video courtesy Storyful/John Nygren