Swell gone, murky water, Sharks, and CrocodilesPosted by Jul21, 2008 Comments /span>
Went out today around 9:45 because it rained in the morning. Once again I was the only one out. Most of the tourists come in the dry season so surfing alone is kind of common in the rainy season/green season. I only surfed about an hour today but I could see the swell diminishing before my eyes. I would have stayed out longer but something about nobody on the beach, nobody in the water, murky and overcast conditions makes me start thinking about big things swimming in the water.
I did some exstensive research about shark attacks in Costa Rica prior to moving here and only found 1 incident and it was non fatal and non surf related. Actually it turns out there are way more crocodile attacks than shark attacks, but only near river mouths. Fortunately for us there aren’t any croc inhabited rivers anywhere near us. Most of the Croc attacks are near the shores of the river mouth not in the ocean near where the rivers drain(but have happened). Its usually a local fisherman (who knows there are crocs but has shrimped his whole life and gets over confident ) shrimping in the river or people doing something too close to a croc inhabited river. The truth is, crocs are more afraid of us then us of them unless your in there element or to close to it.
Sad to say there was an article in the daily La Nacion about 2 months ago where 3 kids around 12 were walking along a river mouth when all of sudden a crocodile lurched out grabbed one like lightening, receded back into the river and had his lunch. Nothing anyone could do
So, that being said, if you don’t want get attacked by a croc in Costa Rica dont surf near their river mouths(especially in the rainy season because they can get washed out in heavy rains) and don’t hang around picnicking or swimming in or near the rivers edge where there are known 10ft+ crocs. Follow that common sense advice and you should be alright
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