Members of the European Delegation to Jamaica were treated to a crocodile sighting while on a boat tour in Salt River, Clarendon, prompting a lot of excitement and generating a lot of talk and picture talking by the visitors.
The cold-blooded reptile, which was sunning itself in the mangrove forest, seemed quite content to pose for its impromptu photo shoot as the pilot Roy Lancaster reversed the boat to give those who had missed the sighting a chance to record the unexpected meeting.
Dr Donovan Hay, consultant to the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation, who first spotted the crocodile, used the opportunity to remind his guests that despite its bad reputation, the reptile in fact much prefers to avoid humans and will in all likelihood only attack if provoked.
In fact, C-CAM, which main office is located along the banks the Salt River, has posted a crocodile alert sign at that location advising that this is in fact the crocodile's habitat and it should not be harmed.
Meanwhile, Anthony McKenzie, a director of the National Environment and Planning Agency, who was aboard the boat, told The Sunday Gleaner that it is yet to substantiate any of the many recent media reports which suggest that Jamaicans are eating crocodile meat and eggs.
"While the agency is aggressively investigating a number of claims, it is yet to come up with any proof that local men, especially, have taken a liking to and are feasting on the reptile," McKenzie said.
He reminded that the Wildlife Protection Act also makes it illegal for anyone to capture, harm, kill, or have in their possession any part of the animal and anyone convicted of any of these charges could be sent to prison for up to two years and fined up to $100,000.
"It's not worth the risk," he declared.