One expects to find sun, sea, sand and an occasional crab on a visit to the beach, but Richard’s Bay beachgoers got more than they bargained for on Thursday.

A large crocodile was found catching a tan on the sand at the entrance to Naval Island. According to a report in the Zululand Observer, the reptile indulged in a short swim in the waves and then resurfaced on the sand on Thursday morning.

A warning has been issued to the public, and the Richard’s Bay SPCA and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have been called in to help  capture and relocate the croc.

According to Musa Mntambo, communications manager at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the organisation would be sending a team to the area on Thursday afternoon to set a trap for the crocodile so that it can be safely relocated.

Large Nile crocodiles are not a completely uncommon sight in the area. The Enseleni Nature Reserve is home to a number of crocodiles, and Richard’s Bay is fairly close to St Lucia which is known for its large crocs. They are mostly found in the local rivers, but finding the large reptiles enjoying public beaches is a far less common occurrence!

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