Crikey - it’s a croc!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD lo­cal boy Toby Jansen and his cousin, six-yearold Elsa Bur­rows (pic­tured), got the sur­prise of their lives when a ju­ve­nile croc­o­dile sur­faced in the wa­ters of Four Mile Beach, mere me­tres from them.

Toby and Elsa were at the beach with fam­ily and friends near the Solan­der Blvd sec­tion of beach and were belly height in the wa­ter when the 1-1.5 me­tre croc­o­dile rose to the sur­face to have a l ook around. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing adults got the chil­dren back to the safety of the sand, where the kids didn’t waste time in­form­ing other beach go­ers of the wa­ter vis­i­tor.

Toby said that while he was a bit scared when he first saw it, he’s fine now. ‘‘It was creepy,’’ he said. ‘‘At first we thought it might have just been a log, but then we saw it open its eyes and knew then it was a croc­o­dile. We saw it was small so I splashed a lot to scare it away. But when we got out of the wa­ter we thought we need to tell other peo­ple there was a croc­o­dile in the wa­ter and that they shouldn’t go in.

‘‘Mum said she thanked the god of the sea for keep­ing me safe and that from now on we will only be swim­ming be­tween the flags.’’

Elsa said she was pretty scared but thought they were all very lucky that the croc­o­dile was small.

En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers took a small boat out in search of the croc­o­dile but it had ap­par­ently moved on.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

SUR­PRISED: Toby Jansen and Elsa Bur­rows

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