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A guy got saved after what looked like a crocodile took a bite out of him in the Everglades

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A guy was swimming towards land after his little boat flipped over in Everglades National Park. It seems like he got a bite from an American crocodile, says a report from the National Park Service.

Around 4:43 p.m. on Sunday, park rangers got a call saying a man went underwater near Flamingo Marina, which is in the southern area of the park close to the Florida Straits.

They managed to get the 68-year-old man out of the water and fixed up a cut on his leg.

The rangers teamed up with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to take the man to the hospital. Luckily, he was in stable condition when he got to the emergency medical service.

The report also mentioned that rangers and park scientists are checking out the incident and keeping an eye on the crocodile that probably did it. They say it’s easy to spot.

American crocodiles are different from alligators, according to the National Park Service. They’re considered threatened, unlike the more common American alligator. Crocodiles mainly hang out in Florida, while alligators are found in more places across the Southeastern United States.

There are only around 2,000 adult crocodiles in the U.S., living along the coast of central and southern Florida. Alligators, on the other hand, number around 5 million in 10 different states, stretching from the Southeast to places like North Carolina and even parts of Oklahoma.

But globally, crocodiles are a bigger threat. They’re responsible for about 1,000 deaths each year in places like Africa, Asia, Indonesia, and Australia.

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