Calls to be ‘croc-wise’ at re­gion’s boat ramps

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY fish­er­man Bob Spees is urg­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors to be croc-wise, par­tic­u­larly around the re­gion’s boat ramps.

His calls for aware­ness come af­ter warn­ing signs were erected at Port of Air­lie fol­low­ing re­cent croc­o­dile sight­ings in Muddy Bay.

Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion (EHP) man­ager of wildlife op­er­a­tions Mike Dev­ery con­firmed the depart­ment re­ceived a re­port of two croc­o­diles seen in Muddy Bay on June 11.

“Park rangers in­ves­ti­gated that day, but the croc­o­diles were not ob­served,” he said.

Mr Dev­ery said the tem­po­rary signs were erected as a pre­cau­tion.

“Just one sight­ing re­port has been re­ceived for th­ese croc­o­diles and no es­ti­mate was given as to the an­i­mals’ sizes,” he said.

Mean­while Mr Spees says he knows of at least seven sight­ings within this par­tic­u­lar area, of a croc­o­dile be­lieved to be about 2.5me­tres long.

He says the croc­o­dile is be­lieved to fre­quent a small gut­ter just near the Port of Air­lie boat ramp, where fish col­lect.

He also be­lieves that prior to Coun­cil in­stalling a boat ramp bin, dis­carded fish frames might have lured the rep­tiles in.

“If we do the wrong thing it’s danger­ous for lo­cals and for tourists,” he warned.

Mr Dev­ery also urged peo­ple to be croc-wise both at boat ramps and in gen­eral.

Croc­o­dile sight­ings can be re­ported to EHP on 1300 130 372. The depart­ment in­ves­ti­gates all croc­o­dile re­ports it re­ceives.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

GOOD AD­VICE: Whit­sun­day fish­er­man Bob Spees is call­ing on res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the re­gion to be 'croc-wise' af­ter signs were erected at Port of Air­lie.

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