Wonga Beach crocs keep the rangers busy
UP to three large crocodiles were spotted cruising around Wonga Beach in one day late last week, prompting a swift response from Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and rangers from Jabalbina.
Wonga Beach Caravan Park manager Bob Hando told the two crocodiles were spotted at the beach on Thursday morning, with another spotted in the afternoon.
On Friday rangers from Jabalbina and EHP officers were patrolling the beach after another croc was spotted in the morning. On Saturday, another was seen.
Mr Hando said the croc on Friday was up to 4 metres long.
“He was fairly close in, just walking in the knee-deep water,” he said.
“I normally just say they’re here (when reporting them) . ... they’re not really a problem, we’re just concerned that locals and visitors don’t know they’re in there so we asked for the sign to put up,” he said.
Mr Hando has his own crocodile warning A-frame sign that he puts out when he spots a crocodile near the waterfront of the park.
His sign remains on the beach for seven days from the last sighting.
He explained that all visitors to the caravan park are notified of the risks.
“We give them a lecture – we take them down to the beach and tell them all about the stingers and crocs.”
Mr Hando said the EHP only took a day to respond. “That’s the fastest they’ve been.”
When approached, the EHP officer could not say whether they had spotted the animal or not.
A croc cruises the shoreline at Wonga Beach last week