MON­STER BLOOM­FIELD CROC

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

I was gob­s­macked when I saw him, be­cause I’ve seen so many crocs in that spot. Big crocs. All of a sud­den this one was across the screen

Tour op­er­a­tor Mike D’Arcy

BRU­TUS used to rule the Bloom­field River but there’s a new boy on the block and he’s in a whole new league.

Renowned Di­wan-based tour guide Mike D’Arcy, who trav­els the Bloom­field Track fre­quently with his D’Arcy of Dain­tree tour op­er­a­tion, says this new croc is so big he ranges far and wide with im­punity.

“This one’s an itin­er­ant croc,” Mr D’Arcy said. “He’s ab­so­lutely enor­mous – much big­ger than Bru­tus.

“I was gen­uinely gob­s­macked when I saw him, be­cause I’ve seen so many crocs in that spot. Big crocs. All of a sud­den this one was across the screen.

“I saw him last year on the Bloom­field and also on the An­nan River in Cook­town, and yes­ter­day on the Bloom­field close to Ay­ton. “He’s well known. “He’s from the Plan­ta­tion, which is just north of Ay­ton. A Ger­man fam­ily set up a su­gar plan­ta­tion up there years ago, and the swamp area is called the Plan­ta­tion, and it’s a big breed­ing ground for crocs.

“So the guys tell me it ranges from Hope­vale down even to the Dain­tree – but I’m not so sure about that.

“Any­way, it’s just not a one-creek croc!”

Amid a flurry of croc­o­dile in­ci­dents – the is­sue of crocs lurk­ing near Ma­reeba, ef­forts to trap an­other one in Dick­son In­let, and the up­roar over the re­moval of a croc by rangers near the Dain­tree boat ramp this week – come re­ports of the deaths of two large crocs in the Bloom­field River.

Lo­cals be­lieve a large croc had been tar­geted af­ter some dogs had gone miss­ing, and that the wrong was re­moved.

Later on an­other large croc was re­moved.

Pic­ture: D’ARCY OF DAIN­TREE

A croc thought to be around 6 me­tres, on the Bloom­field River. He’s be­lieved to range all the way to Dain­tree from Hope Vale

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