A Crocodile In Florida Was Spotted Using Pool Noodle As Swimming Aid


A crocodile had a little support while crossing a canal in Key Largo, Fla., earlier this month — a yellow pool noodle.

The creature was caught on camera resting on the pool noodle as it swam across the water near mile marker 105 of the Overseas Highway, a 113-mile road that runs through the Florida Keys.

"I saw the croc off my balcony swimming up the canal," local Victor Perez told Fox News on Wednesday. "My first thought was, 'What happened to the person that was on the noodle?'"

At first, Perez said he didn't see the large reptile. The floating device appeared to be drifting away in the water behind his home.

“It was just cruising along, and I was like, ‘OK, where’s the swimmer?’” Perez repeated to the Miami Herald.

But when he took a closer look, Perez saw a dark brownish-green figure and quickly realized it was a crocodile.

The Key Largo resident ran to grab his phone and snapped pictures of the unusual sight. He posted a photo of the crocodile to Instagram on Aug. 6 and received hundreds of likes.

Crock on a float #keylargo #rockemnreelem #floating #keyslife

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It's not known how the croc came across the noodle in question, but unless Perez has been photoshopping the pictures, the animal really was riding the swimming aid, as two photos from different angles on his Instagram both show the noodle in use.

At first, Perez didn't actually notice the crocodile riding the noodle; it took a closer look to actually spot the giant reptile taking advantage of the floating tube.

"I don't know how he got that thing, but he looked like just any typical Florida tourist!" Perez said.

Another pic of the same Crock on a noodle #keylargo #keyslife #croc

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While it's not unusual to see crocodiles in the area, it's quite possible this is the first instance of one riding a swimming aid like this in Florida (or in fact anywhere).

"We see crocs from time to time in our canal but never ever one on a noodle," Perez told FOX 13.