Snappy couple: Mexican man 'marries' a crocodile in bid to boost fish stocks

The mayor of a Mexican fishing town has "married' a crocodile in a symbolic ceremony which is believed to help boost fish stocks along the Pacific coast.

The couple enjoyed an unconventional first dance after the wedding.
The couple enjoyed an unconventional first dance after the wedding. Credit: APTN

Joel Vasquez Rojas wed the crocodile at a city hall in the town of San Pedro Huamelula, southern Mexico.

Local fishermen believe the crocodile is a princess and the reptilian romance will bring plenty of fish, shrimp and other seafood for them to catch along the Pacific coast.

The 'princess' crocodile bride wore a traditional white dress for the ceremony.
The 'princess' crocodile bride wore a traditional white dress for the ceremony. Credit: APTN

During the ceremony the groom announced: "It's my wish to marry the young princess."

Once he made his vows, Mr Rojas held crocodile bride in his hands and danced with guests.

Following the ceremony, the crocodile is referred to as the "wife" of the mayor.

A woman burned incense around the 'princess' crocodile's before the ceremony.
A woman burned incense around the 'princess' crocodile's before the ceremony. Credit: APTN

All members of the municipal council are required to contribute to pay for the wedding festivities. Those who don't pay their share are fined.

Watch the snappy couple on their big day: