Surfer mauled by crocodile at Costa Rica’s Tamarindo beach

Surfers at Tamarindo beach.

Surfers at Tamarindo beach. Image by Mark Zaugg / CC BY-SA 2.0

A Canadian surfer has survived a crocodile attack at popular Playa Tamarindo  on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, after being dragged off his surfboard near the beach. The attack is considered unusual, as American crocodiles are not known for approaching humans, but the incident has raised concerns as so many surfers, tourists and young children swim in the waters around the beach resort. The croc is believed to have come from a nearby estuary. The Tamarindo Development Association has now opened talks with Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry to consider ways to improve water safety at Tamarindo and intends to replace the crocodile warning signs that used to be in the area but were stolen. Read more: ticotimes.net

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