Video: Crocodiles invade a Brazilian beach

20 September, 2022
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Video: Crocodiles invade a Brazilian beach

A video allegedly showing thousands of crocodiles on a Brazilian beach went viral last week, sparking debate over whether giant lizards are really infested.

Newsweek fact-checkers tried to break the story on Friday, declaring that the drowned creatures were crocodiles and that they came in peace.

The clip, which has been viewed 10.3 million times, shows thousands of brown caiman (a type of reptile closely related to crocodiles) basking on the edge of a river in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland. Other users questioned that version of events.

Newsweek's fact-checkers confirmed that the Pantanal was indeed a legitimate sanctuary for caimen, boasting "the largest concentration of crocodiles in the world, with nearly 10 million caimen," according to the World Wildlife Fund, and by comparison, there are only about 206,000 people in the area.



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