Pack­ers Creek has new visi­tor lurk­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AN IN­QUIS­I­TIVE saltwater croc­o­dile sur­prised a cou­ple of tourists tak­ing a walk around Pack­ers Creek be­hind Ren­dezvous Re­sort last Thurs­day evening.

Al­lan and Mar­i­anne Pride, who es­cape the cold for six months a year in Port Dou­glas at Ren­dezvous and sum­mer in Perth, were go­ing for a walk along­side the creek when they spot­ted the croc sit­ting on the op­po­site bank, qui­etly watch­ing peo­ple.

“It was eas­ily 3.5m, you could see the big head rest­ing on the rock with its body and tail right around into the bushes,” Mar­i­anne said.

“We pointed it out to an­other group walk­ing along the creek and one girl swore and ran the other way.

“We went for our walk and came back and the croc­o­dile crossed the wa­ter to our side.”

The Prides took a cou­ple of quick snaps of the croc­o­dile but when it started swim­ming to­wards them they walked away and called the po­lice, who in­formed them to contact Parks and Wildlife rangers.

“I didn’t know they get that big un­til I saw him, in the morn­ing we went back and it was just swim­ming past the same spot,” Al­lan said.

“He just stopped, sank down and had his head out watch­ing me.

“I won­der if that guy’s a reg­u­lar, it was in­ter­est­ing.”

The Prides said they will be more cau­tious on their walks in fu­ture and would like to see some warn­ing signs on the walk­ing tracks be­hind Ren­dezvous and sur­round­ing prop­er­ties.

If you spot a croc­o­dile in a pop­u­lated area and it has eyes for you and would like to in­form the au­thor­i­ties, contact Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice on 1300 130 372.

Out and about: the croc­o­dile spot­ted in Pack­ers Creek last week

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