GIANT LIZARD GOES SWIMMING WITH TOURISTS ON THAI HOLIDAY ISLAND
This is the incredible moment a giant monitor lizard joins tourist on the beach - to go for a SWIM.
The 5ft-long reptile stunned holidaymakers when it sauntered into the sun from nearby forest on a beach in Thai holiday resort Krabi.
He waddles into the clear blue water to cool off before gliding round the cove - weaving between swimmers and snorkelers.
The ice-cool lizard then walks back onto the sand and rests in the shade while amazed tourists take pictures in the Than Bok Khorani National Park, Thailand.
Local wildlife officer Weerasak Sritruth said there had been reports of the lizard venturing onto the beach.
But this was the first time that the creature had swum with tourists and been caught on camera.
He said: ''The lizards often wait for tourists to eat food and then the leftovers, or the pick at animal remains.
''Sometimes they can hurt people but this is very rare if they are not disturbed. This is the first time that the lizard has been seen swimming with the tourists like this.
''During the New Year holiday we have to take extra care to protect the lizards because it is busy with people enjoying their holiday. Many people like to take pictures of it.''