Shock as predator cruises into net
SURF lifesavers believe rough seas may have allowed a small crocodile to slip inside the stinger net at Palm Cove.
A surf lifesaver, who noticed that the rear corner of the safety enclosure’s pontoon had partially lowered, went over to investigate at about 2pm yesterday.
Surf Life Saving Queensland North Queensland regional manager Rob Davidson said the lifesaver, coming back to the beach, soon spotted the unwelcome reptile, estimated to be about 2m long, inside the net.
“The net was brought in, and in the process, the crocodile was able to get out (of the net) and under the watchful eye of EHP (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection), was seen swimming north,” Mr Davidson said.
He believed the croc, moving between creeks, may have been pushed up on to the pontoon from the rough seas.
“It’s definitely something to look out for,” he said.
The beach was closed to swimmers and is expected to be reopened this morning.
Lifesavers have been forced to close Queensland beaches more than 50 times this year due to shark and crocodile presence. Experts are warning of a marked increase of predators in the water.