Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Three large crocs confirmed north of Townsville swimming hole

Queensland wildlife officers have confirmed the presence of three large crocodiles in Rollingstone Creek, north of Townsville, after a mother unwittingly captured images of the crocs swimming beneath her and her children last weekend.

The crocodiles were observed during a land-based survey of the creek on Tuesday by Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) officers, well downstream from a swimming hole where an estimated three-metre crocodile was spotted at the weekend.

Senior Wildlife officer, Tony Frisby said the swimming hole was searched along with and areas of the creek upstream and downstream of the Bruce Highway.

“Two of the crocodiles were larger than three metres, while the other was approximately three metres in length,” he said.

The mother points out the crocodile on footage shot at the creek last weekend.

“We found no evidence of crocodiles upstream of the swimming hole and saw no crocodiles in the swimming hole.

“The three-metre crocodile we saw well downstream from the swimming hole may be the same one photographed and videoed on 2 March 2024.

“None of the crocodiles we observed exhibited any concerning or dangerous behaviour, and they will not be targeted for removal.”

Rollingstone Creek is crocodile habitat, and this is a timely reminder for people in the greater Townsville area that they are in Croc Country, said Mr Frisby.

“People are responsible for the own safety in Croc Country, and we’re asking people to make sensible choices around the water,” he said.

“Crocodiles are highly mobile and can be found in streams and waterways throughout north Queensland, even if there are no warning signs.

An image of the saltwater croc caught on the mother’s camera last weekend.

“Crocodiles are especially active now, given the recent heavy rains and elevated stream levels and are mobile.

“We’d like to remind people to report all crocodile sightings to the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation as soon as possible”.

Crocodile sightings can be reported by using the QWildlife app, completing a crocodile sighting report on the DESI website, or by calling 1300 130 372. The department investigates every crocodile sighting report received.

People in the greater Townsville area are urged to be CrocWise, which includes:

  • Expect crocodiles in all waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from crocodile traps – that includes when fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, at camp sites or at boat ramps
  • Never provoke, harass, or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.

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