Don’t tamper with Daintree crocodiles
As a nature guide on the Daintree River I consider myself to have one of the best jobs going around, as I am able to observe the flora and fauna on a daily basis and I share my knowledge and passion with locals and visitors alike.
The pressing issue on the river is the absence of Fat Albert an estuarine crocodile measuring around five metres in length.
The fear that he has met with foul play seems likely, as this isn’t a crocodile to spook easy as he had an established dominance in the river.
With Fat Albert missing Scarface, a crocodile measuring around four metres, has moved into his ’territory’ and taken his girls. This is not a likely situation if Fat Albert was alive, especially as we are here in the mating season. The whisper on the river is that Fat Albert is dead.
So it comes down to this; what sort of person would do this and what is their motive? How many crocodiles have met with foul play? And how many more will meet with this fate?
While I do not wish to make any accusations, as 99% of properties surrounding the river respect the habitat, there’s always someone with a backward mentality.
On Monday I came across Lizzie, a resident crocodile who had double braided wire tightly wrapped around her jaws, so she would be unable to feed. Suspicious? Hmmm. Fortunately she was basking in the sun, so myself and fellow guides could see her situation. An hour later she broke the wire free, the bit of blood on her jaw a friendly reminder that maybe she shouldn’t be so trusting towards humans in the future. the rejection of drug and alcohol abuse. “Mossman Rocks” brought indigenous and non-indigenous Australians together to successfully produce an alcohol-free showcase of music, reconciliation and community.
Mossman Rocks was on in the same week that Andrew Forrest’s GenerationOne launched a headline grabbing national campaign to “End Indigenous Disadvantage”. Here, however, neither the Gazette nor the Independent even mentioned “Mossman Rocks in their editions following the concert.
These two newspapers have run many front pages about problems in the local indigenous community, and they knew about Mossman Rocks.
It was a good news spectacular of significant community participation in a positive indigenous initiative yet it resulted in no articles, no editorial and not even a photo.
Some readers may ask “Was the omission due to racism?” Hopefully, in one generation, after Mossman has rocked another 20 odd times, this question will be part of the distant past. Next year the event will be set up to accommodate a larger crowd.
Yours in Good Halloween Spirit,