An amazing span of time
CONGRATULATIONS to John “Cop” Hingley on his 103rd birthday yesterday. What a feat.
The stretch of time is hard to comprehend, even for those of us with a few years behind us. Cop was born at the start of WWI and has seen out all of that tumultuous century, including his service in WWII, and all the years since, well into a new century.
He remains a cheerful and witty man to talk to and is without question a treasure of the community.
REPORTS of a crocodile killing a cassowary near Thornton Beach are more than just a colourful tale.
It reminds us that these predators can have an impact on other species that we regard as highly valuable and also endangered – in fact endangered to a degree that crocodiles clearly are no longer.
A few weeks ago a crocodile was seen eating a turtle off Wonga Beach.
The big croc that killed Cindy Walton at Thornton Beach last year was known to frequent Struck Island as a source of turtles.
Of course crocodiles have always preyed on other species but what if their numbers are exploding now because nothing is preying on the protected crocodile species?
The over protected crocodile may be another case of nature now out of whack due to man’s good intentions.
On a different point, it’s interesting also that it seems another very large croc has moved into the “vacant” patch at Cooper Creek once ruled by the croc behind the fatal attack at Thornton Beach.
The previous dominant, put down after the attack, had a harem of six (local lore now believes it’s five) females and completely ruled the creek.
With large numbers of crocs on Cape York, that attractive spot is not going to be unattended for too long.