Today’s Editorial for October 28: A croc of a tale

To be or not to be; that is the question facing a four- to six-foot long crocodile that may or may not have been seen by residents and tourists who possibly were or weren’t swimming off Seven Mile Beach.

It’s all rather confusing.

Staffers at the Department of Environment are baffled.

Police have even gone to the scene of the sighting, but the wily creature seems to have been able to elude even the most seasoned RCIPS investigator, leaving no tracks and no evidence of sunning itself on the beach.

Photos depicting the alleged croc have been sent to the Caymanian Compass, but the images are blurry at best and while there is something there, we can’t tell if it’s a shadow or a shape.

There has been evidence of sneaky sunfish in the area where the croc is supposed to have been seen. There have also been sightings of large jacks and small sharks. Perhaps there is a conspiracy among the sea creatures to play a trick on landlubbers. Maybe they just want us to think there’s a croc in our waters.

Or, continuing with the theme of conspiracy theories running amok in the Cayman Islands, maybe the croc has been planted by those in the UK who would love to see the Cayman Islands fail.

Governor Stuart Jack lives along Seven Mile Beach. Is it his personal pet croc and is this his last joke on us before leaving the Cayman Islands?

Or has he taken possession of some morphed sunfish secretly developed in the UK for the purpose of scaring away tourists and robbing Cayman of pennies to our coffers?

Seriously, if there is a crocodile hanging out off Seven Mile Beach, leave him be.

American Crocodiles are pretty docile creatures. They normally don’t go looking for trouble from humans. It’s the humans they try to steer away from.

Past crocodile sightings in the Cayman Islands have proven to be true. So we may or may not have one off Seven Mile Beach. In any case, use care when swimming or snorkelling in that area and report any croc findings to the DoE.