FWC investigating reported human-crocodile encounter
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459;
Officer Robert Dube, 305-684-8703
Officers and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) are working together to determine if
what two kayakers encountered during an early morning trip in
Sexton Cove, near Key Largo, last Thursday was an American
With limited information at hand, the FWC cannot conclude what
animal the kayakers encountered. The FWC suspects this may have
been a chance occurrence and not an overt act by whatever animal
the kayakers may have encountered. Wild animals instinctively flee
from an unexpected or perceived threatening or encounter with a
The pair reported that their kayak hit something in the water
and overturned. While in the water, the kayakers reported,
something brushed against them. They did not see the animal and
thought it was a manatee.
Once home, both kayakers realized they had suffered minor
injuries. They were treated for their injuries a few hours
The kayakers could not recall all the details of the incident.
The FWC cannot confirm what caused the kayak to overturn, but there
are many animals and things found in water that can cause scratches
and wounds to people.
The shy and reclusive American crocodile is an endangered
species success story. Since 1975, their numbers have increased
from fewer than 300 to more than 1,500 adults. Today, they are
classified as a threatened species.
As the crocodile population has grown, the number of complaints
about them has risen. However, conflicts between crocodiles and
humans are still very rare. Because crocodiles get large, people
must use caution when near them or recreating in areas where they
For more information about living
with crocodiles, visit MyFWC.com/Crocodile.