“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”
― Steve Irwin
The Punta Jesus Maria is a beautiful point of land on Ometepe Island. It entices many tourists where the sweet waters converge and swirl around a long, narrow spit of sand, which extends into Lake Cocibolca. It also entices investors, like the Chinese, who want to build a Tourist Volcano resort at this point for one of their tourism sub-projects.
We often go swimming at the Punta and enjoy a few Toñas at the beach bars. But, after last week, and the frightfully aggressive reptile on the beach, I think it will be a long time before I venture into the lake water again.
What’s for lunch? YIKES! It is either a huge caiman or a crocodile. We’ve heard rumors about these reptilian creatures, but have never seen one this large before.
Upon closer inspection, I think it is a spectacled caiman, but they usually don’t grow as big as this one. There are six different species of caiman found throughout the watery jungle habitats of Central and South America. The average length of most caimans is 2.5 meters.
Some interesting facts about caiman are that they can swim 30 mph, they have few natural predators within their environment, and they are the most aggressive and ferocious species among the crocodiles and alligators.
Soooo, it looks like I won’t be venturing into the lake any time soon. Although caimans are nocturnal and solitary, except at mating time…this big fellow looks hungry to me.
Maybe this raging reptile will keep the Chinese investors away???? We can always hope.
Be careful and be aware if you are swimming in Lake Cocibolca. Watch your dogs, pigs, and other free range animals. The caimans are here!!!