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La Cala Croc hunt continues after footprints are found in Mijas

PUBLISHED: March 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm  •  LAST EDITED: March 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm
Andalucia, Lead, Malaga  •  9 Comments

La Cala Croc hunt continues after footprints are found in Mijas

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SEPRONA officers hunting for the ‘La Cala Croc’ have found three footprints that experts believe belong to an enormous alligator.

It comes after Mario Calvente, a gardener from Marbella, said he spotted a ‘giant reptile’ beside a lake near La Cala de Mijas.

Manager of Torremolinos crocodile park, Enrique Prieto, said the claw-shaped prints are unmistakable, adding that he believes the ‘gator is about 2 metres long, weighs in at 70 kilos and is between 12 and 18 years old’.

“In colder weather alligators make a den of mud and don’t eat much, which would explain why no animal remains have been found in the area,” said Prieto.

Seprona officers believe they will have a better chance to capture the reptile when temperatures rise, adding that they will cut off access to the lake if it has not been found by May.

Warning signs have already been put up by Mijas Town Hall and an observation post is being manned from 11am to 4 pm.

Prieto warned locals to be ‘gator-aware’.

“It will probably only attack if it is trodden on or hurt, but if anyone does come across it, the best thing to do is to walk away calmly, without provoking it or trying any acts of bravery.”

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March 22nd, 2013 4:35 pm

“It will probably only attack if it is trodden on…”

Says the “Gator expert”. Must be difficult to accidentally tread on a giant alligator lol.


March 23rd, 2013 8:52 am

People need to keep their dogs away from the water.


March 25th, 2013 3:44 pm

Would make a nice handbag!


March 26th, 2013 4:38 pm

Where is this lake exactly?

Chris Newsham

March 28th, 2013 2:00 pm

The lake is near to the El Soto Golf Club in La Mairena.


March 28th, 2013 7:17 pm

Marbella, full of sharks and now alligators too lol.

Mr P

March 28th, 2013 11:20 pm

Fred, when you write ‘lol’ (for laugh out loud) on this website, after nearly everything you say, it’s really annoying you don’t finish your sentence first.

I think that’s the main thing with you that grates on people. Everything else is appreciated.. different sides to arguments are needed.

For example, you should be writing here ‘…and now alligators too! LOL!’, otherwise it doesn’t sound like you mean it & you’re not ‘laughing’ at all really.

Know what I mean lol.

Do you know what I mean?! LOOOLLLLL!!! HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAA


March 28th, 2013 11:48 pm

@Mr P, no idea what you are talking about lol.


March 29th, 2013 7:34 pm

oh no, i thought he was saying LOTS OF LOVE im broken harted ,,,,,,lol

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