A man living along the coastal Siu Lam area in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district said he spotted a five-foot-long crocodile at the waters near his villa Sunday morning.
As he was standing in his balcony and enjoying the sea view, he saw a black crocodile crawling by the beach and head toward the direction of Castle Peak, the person said, according to Sing Tao Daily.
But he lost sight of it when he returned from a quick dash into his home to fetch his camera.
He immediately called up the police, who sent a search party. But the team failed to locate the reptile despite a two-hour hunt.
The man insisted that what he saw it was a crocodile, and not a water monitor. A cleaning worker whom the police spoke to also said that a security guard told her that a crocodile-like creature appeared at the beach by the housing estate two days earlier, but it was gone when both of them went to check.
Swimmers in the nearby beaches were alarmed as they learnt about the crocodile sighting incident.
I won’t let my three-year-old son go into the water… I will follow him closely and pay more attention to the surroundings, a mother said.
Several public beaches are close to the place where the crocodile was seen. The list includes Golden Beach, Cafeteria Old Beach and Castle Peak Beach.
Crocodiles were found in Hong Kong in the past. In 2012, a 1.2-meter-long crocodile was found abandoned in an aquarium at a refuse-collection station in Tai Po.
Another reptile was seen in the Shan Pui River in Yuen Long in 2003. The saltwater crocodile made world headlines as experts’ repeated attempts to catch it failed, before the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department finally managed to snare it.
The celebrity crocodile, now named Pui Pui, is currently lodged at the Wetland Park in Yuen Long.
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