Whipper snappers abound
THE banks of the Daintree River are thriving with new life as Lizzie the crocodile welcomed her hatchlings to the world on Monday.
More than 14 baby crocodiles explored the new terrain of the river bank and tried swimming for the first time.
Bruce Belcher of Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises had been watching over the nest for more than two months.
Mr Belcher was finally told the nest had hatched by Adam Green of Daintree River Cruise Centre, who had passed by the nest earlier.
The nest was late to hatch this year which caused concern for Mr Belcher and other tour operators. “Sometimes when it floods the eggs drown,” said Mr Belcher, a Daintree tour operator for 29 years.
“Last year Lizzie’s nest failed so we’d begun to fear the worst. It’s wonderful to see the hatchlings, there’s nothing like seeing them in the wild.”