The amateur footage, published on Noticaribe, shows the adrenalin-charged young male making a beeline for dry land, as panicked tourists on the overhanging Boca Paila bridge in Sian Ka'an watch on in terror.
Just as the metres-long crocodile - believed to be an American crocodile - looks like it is closing in, a quick-thinking observer intervenes, throwing an object at the creature and stopping it in its tracks.
Manuel Carrera, who captured the video "not long ago", said locals dared not enter the waters for fear of enticing the male crocodile, which feeds off food left by tourists . . .