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