SIGHT­ING ONE BIG CROC?

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A PHO­TO­GRAPH of a crocodile climb­ing onto a stinger net that emerged on Whit­sun­day so­cial me­dia sites late last week is not be­lieved to have been taken at Boathaven Beach.

While the im­age sparked plenty of con­ver­sa­tion, no lo­cal sight­ings have been con­firmed.

A Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Her­itage Pro­tec­tion (EHP) spokesper­son said there had cer­tainly been no re­ports of sight­ings at the Port of Air­lie but re­it­er­ated it was very im­por­tant to al­ways prac­tice “croc wise” be­hav­iour in croc coun­try

Like­wise, pres­i­dent of the Air­lie Beach Royal Life Sav­ing branch, Stu­art Casey, said to his knowl­edge there had been no crocodile in­ci­dents at Boathaven Beach. “None at all,” he said. “That pho­to­graph has been do­ing the rounds for about nine months and I be­lieve it was taken in Cairns.

“It’s cer­tainly not at Boathaven ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion I have.”

Mr Casey also pointed out the stinger net was ac­tu­ally re­moved from Boathaven Beach about three weeks ago.

He said it was due to be re­placed by a larger one in time for the open­ing of the new Air- lie Aqua Park later this month.

As for croc­o­diles, he re­it­er­ated “yes, we live in crocodile habi­tat and peo­ple should al­ways be care­ful in the wa­ter”.

Mem­bers of the public are urged to re­port all crocodile sight­ings to EHP on 1300 130 372.

All re­ports of crocodile sight­ings are in­ves­ti­gated.

“That pho­to­graph has been do­ing the rounds for about nine months and I be­lieve it was taken in Cairns. It’s cer­tainly not at Boathaven...” – Stu­art Casey

NOT LO­CAL: This photo of a crocodile sur­faced again on so­cial me­dia last week.

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