Terrifying moment a giant alligator swims across a popular tourist spot, leaving swimmers in a panic

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Swimmers and tourists in a popular spot in Mexico were recently scared of a creature in the water.

However, it wasn’t a great white shark biting at the feet of nearby surfers or circling the shoreline of the beach.

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Tourist urges others to come back from beachside (TikTok)Credit: tiktok/@adventureul

According to a TikTok posted on UNILAD Adventure under the handle @adventureul, what appears to be an alligator came very close to the shore of the beach.

In the video, there’s text at the top with a voiceover noting: “A giant alligator swims to a tourist beach in Mexico 😱.”

Bathers can be heard in alarm as the body of the supposed alligator swims closer to them, with one urgently exclaiming, “back up, come back”.

UNILAD Adventure would caption part of the TikTok, “What do you even do in this situation?!”

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Many viewers of the video responded not so much to what they would do, but to the fact that the alligator is most definitely a crocodile native to the area.

“Not an alligator but a saltwater crocodile,” says a TikToker.

Another viewer would explain, “In southern Mexico there are salt water fangs.. (mainly on the pacific side but also in tourist spots, ejemplo banco chinchirro).”

One commenter would urgently explain how careful tourists should be in this kind of situation: “Crocodile. And saltwater crocs are extremely dangerous. Like real bad guys.”

Although Oceana has noted that a saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat is generally more towards Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean, there have recently been numerous sightings in Mexico.

A young boy even escaped being pulled underwater by a saltwater crocodile in Tulum, Mexico recently.

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Websites like TripAdvisor have even issued a saltwater crocodile warning to travelers to places like Puerto Vallarta.

It appears UNILAD Adventure has captured just one of many recent sightings of saltwater crocodiles at tourist spots in Mexico.

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