During my trip to Costa Rica, I visited Tortuguero village, a very small community in the park that survives on eco-tourism. The entire area is undeveloped (there are no roads) and I traveled to the village by boat with our local guide. To my great surprise, as we pulled into the docks we saw many children swimming and playing in the water. Normally I wouldn’t think anything of this, especially on a hot day.
However, just downstream from the village we saw this fellow in the water:
It’s hard to judge how large he was as I took the photo from a distance, but I would guess anywhere from 7-10 ft in length. Maybe larger. Certainly large enough to seriously hurt or kill a human. I don’t know if there’s any source of statistics on crocodile attacks in Costa Rica, but there have certainly been cases where children have been killed in Tortuguero.