Good fun until it isn’t
IT was good fun – so long as you weren’t in the water. If you walked reasonably quickly you could keep up with that large croc that transited Four Mile Beach on Monday morning.
The beach was full of people, strung out literally for kilometres enjoying a morning walk. Now they had the option of keeping pace with the big croc.
It was exciting, as watching apex predators always is.
This one is presenting a real headache for the authorities. The Environment and Heritage Protection Department had no sooner removed the trap – issuing their standard line that their quarry was ”presumed to have moved on” etc, and “crocodiles move around all the time” etc.
Yep, except this one has been making more appearances than George the Grouper. He was seen eating another croc up the Inlet last week and was photographed by a drone near the superyachts a few days later.
And he’d transited the beach last Thursday and Friday.
On Monday morning Terri Irwin was on the ABC Radio talking about croc management. Sure she’s an expert when it comes to the crocs in the Wenlock River. Her theory is that it gives a false sense of safety if you remove big crocs. They may be fewer but others are still in the waterways.
So, she reckons, don’t go in the water. “You just don’t go and play on the freeway, do you?” she said.
Except our bathing beaches are not the freeway – they are bathing beaches, places that hundreds of thousands like to visit and enjoy – and we invite them to.
What is sensible for the Wenlock River is not reasonable in Port Douglas.
She reckons the big ones are kind of super police, keeping the younger ones in line and the system ticking over.
Great – get eaten by one of these reptilian sheriffs and it’s nice to know you’ve been taken out by a killer with a badge.