Tuesday 15 June 2021

Surf Instructor Saves Tourists From Croc Attack in Playa Tamarindo

Luis Sequeria fought off the croc with his surf board in the rescue of the tourists. Photo: Genna Marie Robustelli, Tico Times
Luis Sequeria fought off the croc with his surf board in the rescue of the tourists. Photo: Genna Marie Robustelli, Tico Times

In a rare occurrence, a crocodile attacked a Spanish couple in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The Spaniards were surfing Pacific beach when a 7-foot  crocodile came after them.

A local surf instructor, Luis Sequeria, came to the rescue and scared the reptile off—but not before the croc tore into the Spanish guy with his claws and jaws.

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” I saved them , that ‘s what I did . If it was not for me, I was there, he would not be in this world today. The crocodile attacked the tourist, I had to go with by (surf) board and beat it…, “says Luis Sequeira , surfing instructor who rescued the two Spanish tourists.

Sequeira told CRHoy.com that the animal was seen several times in recent days. The incident raises concerns about fears of the tourists that tourists will keep the away from visiting the area.

“In Tamarindo we don’t have lifeguards watching over people,” he said. “Sometimes it’s up to the locals to step up,” said Sequeria after the incident. The last recorded crocodile attack in Costa Rica happened in 2008.

Laura Porras , a researcher at the International Institute in Conservation and Wildlife Management ( Icomvis ) of the National University ( UNA), believes the attack may be due to a scare suffered by the crocodile. The expert says the spieces has the ability to go to sear, but not permanently, leaving the river to feed especially when the tide comes in with fish. The crocs also hit the sea to move between one river and another, to reproduce or mark territory.

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“Maybe it didn’t expect to find a person and said , I do not think it attacked but rather was a scare defense reaction”, said the expert.

Porras pointed out that crocs don’t attack when they see people, rather attack if they feel threatened in some way.

Important to note that experts like Porras do not believe that the crocodiles of the area experiencing a change of habitat. Unlike the alligator, the crocodile can be found in any habitat.

The recommendation for tourists is to always ask the locals, they understand the area better than anyone else.

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