Sanibel crocodile lived full, peaceful life on 'Sanctuary Island'

The recent demise of the American crocodile that called Sanibel Island home is not unusual.

This crocodile was first documented on the island by a photograph in 1979 and then by field observations by both a master naturalist (George Weymouth), and a J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge employee (me), on the same day in June 1980.

At first the animal was very timid but over the years it adjusted to gawking humans whenever it hauled out to bask in the sun along the refuge’s wildlife drive.

Despite the concept of Sanibel Island being a “Sanctuary Island” the crocodile’s existence on the island had opponents and at times this was precarious.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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