Huge Crocodile Swims by Onlookers With Man's Body in Its Jaws: Police

A huge crocodile swimming in a lagoon with a dead man's body in its jaws was spotted by passers-by.

Residents took video of the crocodile and notified authorities after they saw the body of the 25-year-old man, who was captured by the reptile after he entered the lagoon, Riviera Maya News reported. The extremely graphic footage was also posted on Twitter by reporter Porfirio Ibarra on Thursday, and was filmed at the Laguna del Carpintero bridge in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The man, who hasn't been identified, ignored signs at the park that warned people against swimming in the water, according to police, The Daily Mail reported. Another journalist posted the video on Twitter and said that it is "forbidden" for people to go swimming there.

Fire commander Juan Garcia Hernández said that the crocodile was 11 feet long, according to Riviera Maya News. Police found the crocodile and the man's body an hour after their search began.

Huge Crocodile Swims by Onlookers
Above, a crocodile is seen with its mouth open at the Rift Valley Province in Kenya on August 12. Authorities recently responded to reports from pedestrians at the Laguna del Carpintero bridge in Tamaulipas, Mexico, about a huge crocodile who was swimming with a dead man's body in its jaws. Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images

Newsweek reached out to the public security office of Tamaulipas state for additional information and comment.

Crocodile Attacks Around the World

Crocodiles kill about 1,000 people a year worldwide, according to the CrocBITE database of attacks, although some incidents may go unreported.

A 13-foot crocodile reportedly ate a man in June in the West Papua province of Indonesia. The man, identified as construction worker Yeniman Bernard, was sitting on a boat after swimming in the bay before he was dragged underwater.

Residents later located the crocodile, which had a bloated stomach. They then cut the reptile open to discover the decomposing body of a human, according to police, who confirmed that it was the victim's body.

Earlier this year, Joshua Young, a fisherman in Caye Caulker, Belize, battled a 10-foot crocodile that attacked him as he was spearfishing on a beach where people often snorkel, fish, and swim.

Young was swimming underwater before the crocodile clamped its jaw around his head. The fisherman was able to swim to shore where he successfully wrestled off the reptile. He was later treated at a hospital for his injuries, which included teeth punctures to his throat, chin, forehead, and hands, according to a GoFundMe page that was launched by his friends.

Update 08/23/2022, 2:05 p.m. ET: This article was updated with information on the number of deaths caused by crocodiles worldwide.