Video of a tourist’s frantic escape from a gigantic crocodile off the coast of Mexico’s Playa del Carmen was going viral on Friday.

The tourist apparently went for a swim without knowing that a 3-and-a-half-meter-long male crocodile lives underneath a nearby bridge — a detail that the locals are apparently well aware of.

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Onlookers can be heard shouting in horror as the tourist swims for his life. The
crocodile follows behind until someone cleverly threw an object at the creature to scare it, giving the tourist enough time to escape.

Manuel Carrera, who captured and uploaded the stunning footage, said the reptile is fed by local fisherman. The croc is also apparently “an expert in stealing fish from the amateur fisherman who don’t reel in their catches quickly,” he said.

Watch the viral video:

(H/T: NY Daily News)

Featured image via shutterstock.com

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