Allll the way back on New Years Eve 2013, we went on a 3 hour crocodile ‘hunt’ just outside of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. It was run by American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), an organization dedicated to relocating stray crocodiles from busier residential areas to safer areas for the benefit of both the animals and local residents.
We paid $40 USD each for a 3 hour educational boat ride through the mangroves on the island’s west side, where we would get to see some wild crocs… if we were lucky.
Our tour was lead by Chris (an enthusiastic Aussie) and Santiago, a guide-in-training. As our group (approx. 10 tourists) boarded the low-lying motor boat I looked around for a seat, and Chris suggested, I sit ‘next to the croc.’ I laughed at his joke and sat down where he’d motioned, at which point he lifted the edge of the tarp at my feet to reveal a 3 foot crocodile tail…. Cool.
Turns out this was a special trip. Instead of scouring the waters for 3 hours, we’d be heading out to a bank to release one of the female crocs. It ended up being a really interesting experience. We had a mini lesson on shore and even got to name the croc for the ACES records. After getting back on the boat, we watched Chris and Santiago unbind Eve-Beyonce in a swift, high-intensity manoeuvre. I will neither confirm nor deny that my family is the reason there is a crocodile out there rocking the ultimate diva name.
Eve-Beyonce, as fierce as her namesake.
Santiago in training.