Fishermen Capture 10-Foot Killer Crocodile


My correspondent Hodari Nundu sends a report of an unusual attack from Tabasco, Mexico. Hodari translates:

A group of laborers caught this weekend a gigantic "lagarto" (this is what people in the East Coast call crocodiles) over three meters long in the Balancán municipality, same place where a fisherman was devoured in May of this year, while throwing his nets.
The reptile was caught at the swamp under a bridge, just outside the main town, by a group that had been hunting it since May, when it drowned the fisherman and ate part of his body.
The locals tied the "lagarto" and shut its jaws with tape to prevent further attacks (...) some laborers still remembered with anger that their friend was killed and wanted to slay the huge animal, although others opposed. At last it was decided to spare it. It was released in a lagoon not far from the Usumacinta river.

Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) is one of eight documented man-eating crocs, along with the Nile, Saltwater, Mugger, American, Orinoco, Cuban, and Siamese species. But it’s a minor danger compared to some of those others. In Mexico, the American croc is far more likely to take humans. When people get attacked, reports Hodari, “it's usually drunk people who go swimming where the crocodiles abound (say the lagoons near Cancun, or the laguna del Carpintero in the middle of the city of Tampico, where crocodiles are the main tourist's attraction).” Yet the most unusual feature of this attack, he notes, is the behavior of the humans: They “apparently decided to let it go.” 

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