Croc­o­dile sighted

3m long sur­prise for pass­ing mo­torist on Bruce High­way

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHEN Proser­pine pool builder Carl Parkhill went for a drive on Mon­day af­ter­noon, the last thing he ex­pected to see was a three-me­tre-long croc­o­dile, just 10 me­tres from the side of the Bruce High­way at Lethe­brook.

Mr Parkhill was trav­el­ling at the reg­u­la­tory 100km per hour when he no­ticed the rep­tile at about 1.30pm.

He drove home to col­lect his cam­era and re­turned to the site about one hour later, where he was able to take some snaps.

“That star picket you can see – that’s the bound­ary of the prop­erty off the high­way,” he said.

“The croc was only about 10 me­tres off the road, just sit­ting there.”

Mr Parkhill said he was “a bit shocked” but it was a cold day and the rep­tile was ob­vi­ously sun­ning it­self.

“But it’s a good re­minder for all the peo­ple who go fish­ing there to keep away be­cause there are some big crocs in there.” Di­rec­tor of Wildlife for the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion (EHP), Rebecca Wil­liams, said while the croc­o­dile sight­ing had not been re­ported to EHP, “this is known croc­o­dile coun­try and peo­ple should al­ways ex­er­cise cau­tion when in the area”.

She said EHP rangers would visit the lo­ca­tion and erect tem­po­rary “re­cent sight­ing” signs.

Croc­o­dile sight­ings can be re­ported to EHP on 1300 130 372.

The depart­ment in­ves­ti­gates all croc­o­dile re­ports it re­ceives.

SPOT­TED: Carl Parkhill took this pic­ture of a three-me­tre-long croc­o­dile just 10 me­tres from the Bruce High­way in Lethe­brook on Mon­day.

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