MONSTER BLOOMFIELD CROC
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.
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