Wildlife guides not only know where exotic birds like to fly, and where you can spot turtles hatching, they also know where predators linger, waiting to get a kick out of spooking unsuspecting humans. And the following video, shot off the cost of Mexico‘s Playa del Carmen, proves just that. The bottom line: as an excited tourist, you may find yourself in a pickle if you don’t get the lowdown from locals before plunging into deceivingly calm bodies of water. In this case, the tourist was unaware that a 3-and-a-half-meter-long male crocodile lives underneath a nearby bridge, and when he went for the plunge, he got a nasty shock: a face-to-face with one of nature’s most dangerous reptiles.
Don’t be this chap, and seek your guide’s wisdom first; learning local knowledge is imperative when visiting another country.