Crocodile Bites Two in Coral Gables Canal, Makes History

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Courtesy of National Park Service via Wikimedia Commons
Two local residents are recovering after a crocodile bit them early Sunday morning in Coral Gables.

And now they're famous: "This is the first time that we've ever had a crocodile bite a human being in the United States," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald.

According to Pino, the two young people, 26-year-old Alejandro Jimenez and 23-year-old Lisset Rendon, were at a Saturday-night party in the Gables when, between 2 and 3 in the morning, they decided to go for a dip in a nearby canal. Bad move.

"Our understanding is that they were jumping in and out of the water," Pino told the Herald. "Perhaps that attracted the attention of the crocodile."

The croc, believed to be at least nine feet long, first bit Rendon's shoulder, the spokesman said. She was able to make her way back to the dock, but then the beast also bit Jimenez's shoulder and hand.

Their injuries are not life-threatening, although as of Monday night, the Herald reported, Jimenez was still hospitalized.

CBS 4 reported that after the attack, authorities handed out educational pamphlets advising locals against swimming at night in canals -- and that a crocodile expert, hired by the FWC, spent much of Monday evening perched on a canal dock trying to hook crocs and remove them.

"We cast out to the swimming crocodile and we hook him in his hide," Todd Hardwick, the expert, told the station. "It doesn't even draw blood."

Hardwick spent much of his time grappling with an 11-footer, the station reported, but the animal eventually got away. Though alligators are common in Florida freshwater lakes and rivers, crocodiles, according to the National Park Service website, are "rare and secretive creatures" that live only in saltwater and brackish environments -- like Miami-area intracoastal canals. So no more midnight canal dips, folks.

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37 comments
Muse TD
Muse TD

El cocodrillo le mordio el culo

Frank Garcia
Frank Garcia

These two dumb assess swimming at night in a dirty canal. Wtf, they both rode the short bus in school

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

Mr. Big Teeth probably bit those two "free spirits" in hopes they would stop disturbing his slumber by making so much noise, or why else would his "attack" have been relatively benign in both cases. If crocs could talk, he might have yelled, "Can't a reptile get a little shut eye around here?!"

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

Does he want salt and pepper with that?

Alba Lu
Alba Lu

Chantal Ximenez Sheila Sea just another day in South FL.

Deejay Icue
Deejay Icue

I've jumped in those canals before. I don't think that I will be doing that anymore.

Andre Valdez
Andre Valdez

Barbara Rodriguez I know scary isn't it...Paddle boarding anyone❓

Barbara Rodriguez
Barbara Rodriguez

\U0001f633 Andre Valdez you weren't kidding on the \U0001f6a3

Ashley Pouya
Ashley Pouya

Patrick Maggio never going in your water again \U0001f62d

Jesse Fuentes
Jesse Fuentes

Never have I ever in my 20 years living here thought about jumping in these canals during the day or at night. With all the pool and beaches there are. A canal?? Drunk people do the dumbest things.

Kelly Cox
Kelly Cox

Daniel ohhh that makes our weekend paddles more exciting ;)

Martha Molina-Ortega
Martha Molina-Ortega

Y a quien se le ocurre irse a meter en la madrugada a un canal!! Ahora es culpa del cocodrilo y hay q sacrificarlo! Hello?!!

Sussy Toyos
Sussy Toyos

Nikki Klein Rachel Saumell Adriana Perez, an homage to your situation yesterday

gabrielMiami
gabrielMiami

Sad part is that they were both "local residents" who were obviously drunk.  Nobody jumps into a canal here in Miami.  Hell with the crocs the water contamination might kill you. 

David Fleitas-Velez
David Fleitas-Velez

yes, their stomach is sensitive and can't abide digesting clothing and other apparel

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