Crikey - it’s a croc!
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.
SURPRISED: Toby Jansen and Elsa Burrows