Police said they got calls from residents who spotted a 7-foot long crocodile in Miami Beach. The croc was seen by the footbridge at 81st Street and Tatum Waterway on Oct. 2. Residents Odette Rivera and Monica Morua and FWC spokesman Jorge Pino discuss the sighting.
Police said they got calls from residents who spotted a 7-foot long crocodile in Miami Beach.
The croc was seen by the footbridge at 81st Street and Tatum Waterway on Oct. 2.
"I saw something in the water – and when I looked at it – I saw the eyes open," Odette Rivera said.
It was her first time seeing a croc in the wild, she said.
"When I see him here I was like woah!" Rivera said.
The creature may have stopped to feed or sunbathe by the footbridge, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
“The likelihood that that crocodile will want anything to do with you is slim to none,” FWC spokesman Jorge Pino said. “It’s a myth that a crocodile is going to come after you. Now, like any animal, if you corner the crocodile, it will protect itself.”
There are only about 1,500 crocodiles in Florida.
Monica Morua and her two Yorkies came face to face with the croc's grin.
As she was walking her dogs one of them started barking, alerting her to an animal creeping around in some mangroves, she said in Spanish. At first she thought it was a turtle – but then saw a crocodile creeping towards her.
"It was coming towards us – I almost fell because I started running," she said.
Miami Beach Marine Patrol took this photo and then advised the FWC about the sighting.