THAT FOUR MILE SMILE!
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.
People were able to watch the croc’s progress for an hour