The Courier-Mail

Crocodile re­ported at pop­u­lar swimming hole

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FRESH claims have sur­faced of a salt­wa­ter crocodile in the fam­ily-friendly con­fines of Lake Ti­na­roo, south­west of Cairns.

A grainy pho­to­graph of a crocodile, which ap­pears to be about 2m in length, has been cir­cu­lat­ing online, with the woman who posted the snap claim­ing it was a saltie.

Fresh­wa­ter crocs are known to in­habit the pop­u­lar camp­ing and wa­ter sports site but the ru­moured pres­ence of the larger, more ag­gres­sive and dan­ger­ous salt­wa­ter species has caused alarm.

Crocodile ex­perts who have seen the im­age be­lieve the reptile was more likely a fresh­wa­ter crocodile, but ac­knowl­edged it was pos­si­ble for a saltie to sur­vive.

The im­age was posted on Face­book on Fri­day af­ter­noon by Chris­tine Mackey and has since been shared more than 1500 times.

The im­age is cap­tioned: “This is not bloody right, it's a saltie and at Fong On Bay, Ti­na­roo. This is where the school kids have their camps.”

Ms Mackey was un­able to be con­tacted.

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