THAT FOUR MILE SMILE!

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

Four Mile Beach was closed for a cou­ple of hours on Mon­day when a 4m crocodile tran­sited the length of the beach, head­ing south just 20 me­tres from the sand. Hun­dreds of beach walk­ers watched the spec­ta­cle. Once again it has put crocodile man­age­ment in the spot­light.

RE­PEATED crocodile sight­ings off Four Mile Beach in Port Dou­glas in the past fort­night have high­lighted the ur­gency for im­proved meth­ods of sur­veil­lance at the iconic tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Surf Life Sav­ing Qld acted promptly to close the beach again on Mon­day, around 10:30am when a 4m croc ap­peared at the north­ern end.

One bather was hur­riedly ush­ered out of the wa­ter when the sight­ing was made.

There were hun­dreds of peo­ple walk­ing the beach at the time, strung out for kilo­me­tres.

The big croc swam the length of the beach, stay­ing a steady 20m off­shore for the whole dis­tance.

The only life­guard on duty faced a dilemma when he was forced to leave the watch post and drive the length of the beach to warn beach­go­ers not to en­ter the wa­ter. The dis­tance in­volved makes it an es­pe­cially slow process.

SLSQ is plan­ning to use drones for aerial sur­veil­lance, which may per­haps pro­vide greater warn­ing time of any im­mi­nent threat. They are be­ing used fur­ther south for aerial pa­trols, res­cues, and shark sur­veil­lance.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Peo­ple were able to watch the croc’s progress for an hour

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