The Israeli military told nature reserves officials Sunday it had spotted a crocodile near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
The Nature and Parks Authority said the IDF had told them the crocodile was sighted in the area of the Yarmouk River, which runs in Jordan, Syria and Israel, just south of the country's only freshwater lake .
According to the report, the crocodile was sighted near the kibbutzim of Masada and Shaʽar HaGolan.
The Nature and Parks Authority said they were attempting to verify the information with the military and are also working to track down any first-hand witnesses who saw the reptile.
The authority added they are also working to gain permission to cross the border fence into Jordan in order to conduct a search of the area
Nature reserves officials said they are also conducting a thorough inspection of the Hamat Gader Park in the Yarmouk River valley, which houses a large crocodile farm.