Crocodile Hits The Beach In Florida

A crowd of curious beachgoers on Hollywood Beach spotted a well-sized crocodile Monday morning.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Now there’s something you don’t see every day.

A crowd of curious beachgoers on Hollywood Beach spotted a well-sized crocodile on the sand.

Follow WFMY News 2 on Facebook and Twitter

Chopper4 spotted it in the surf line off Hayes Street. It wasn’t moving and just letting the surf lap over it.

A growing crowd of curious people snapped selfies with the croc in the background. Police kept them from getting too close.

While some people may find it strange, the American crocodile lives in coastal areas throughout the Caribbean with the northern end of their range in South Florida.

screen shot 2017 11 20 at 10 06 38 am Crews Capture Crocodile On Hollywood Beach

They are shy, reclusive animals who live in brackish or saltwater areas. They are occasionally encountered inland in freshwater areas of the Southeast Florida coast as a result of the extensive canal system.

“Crocodiles have always inspired fear and fascination not only because of their large size and fearsome teeth, but because of the aggressive reputations earned by their distant cousins in Australia and Africa. In reality, the American crocodile is so rare and shy of man that conflict with people rarely occurs,” according to a University of Florida study.

The American crocodile is listed as an endangered species by the U.S. and the State of Florida.

of Florida. The number of crocodiles in Florida has never been large; researchers estimate a population of perhaps only 400 to 500 individuals.

This story originally appeared on CBS Miami’s website.

► Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WFMY News 2 App now

© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment
TRENDING VIDEOS