Crocodiles in San Blas
The top picture is of a croc we saw when we took the dinghy up Rio Diablo by Nargana in San Blas. The croc was a little over 2 meters long, minding its own business, which we gladly let it do. When we got back to Stella Polaris we did a bit of reading on crocs and discovered some things that we weren’t aware of.
Here are 3 facts and myths:
- Crocs are lightning fast sprinters. MYTH … sort of
a. They can only achieve a max speed of around 12-14 km/h for short distances, so most reasonably fit people can outrun them.
b. They can however accelerate fast and cover short distances by exploding into action. An adult salt water crocodile can cover 12 meters per second for a quarter of a second, meaning they can cover their entire body-length before you have time to react, so keep your distance.
- Crocs are fast and agile swimmers. FACT
a. Crocodiles can swim at speeds up to 10 km/h and even up to 15 km/h has been observed. They use their powerful tail for propulsion and will have no problem catching you in the water.
b. An interesting point is that they also sometimes sink themselves to the bottom and walk on the bottom, instead of swimming. They can also lay on the bottom and wait for unsuspecting prey …
- Crocs can’t stay submerged long. MYTH
a. Crocodiles normally dive for 4-6 minutes, but have no problem staying underwater 10-15 minutes. They can however extend that to up to 2 hours if they are trying to hide from a threat.