A few days ago in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, a Canadian surf traveler was bitten by a crocodile at Tamarindo Beach. Val Muscalu, of Montreal, was surfing when the crocodile bit his foot and knocked him off his board. Thinking it was a shark, Muscalu swam toward shore and was taken to the hospital, where his wound required several stitches.
“I couldn’t tell what it was,” Muscalu told The Tico Times. “But that thing was strong enough to pull me off my board. I thought it was a shark, but people on the beach saw a crocodile swim back into the river.”
Other surfers used Muscalu’s rash guard as a tourniquet. According to the doctor who attended the Canadian surfer, there was damage to the tendon.
Although it is rare for crocodiles to attack people, it does occur. No word on yet on whether Costa Rica will follow Australia’s lead and kill every crocodile over a certain size. They probably won’t, because that would be ridiculous.