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THE Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion has con­firmed it re­ceived a report of a two me­tre long croc­o­dile swim­ming in the wa­ter just off Pid­geon Is­land, at Cannonvale on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

Re­cent croc­o­dile sight­ing warn­ing signs were posted by an EHP of­fi­cer that same day.

Res­i­dents were quick to take to so­cial me­dia to dis­cuss the re­cent sight­ing.

“There’s been a croc near Pi­geon Is­land there since I was a child,” Amanda Brett said.

“They have been sighted at the ma­rina and over at Port of Air­lie, they are ev­ery­where, you just rarely see them near the beaches.”

“There was a croc sight­ing there a few years ago,” Ade­line La­hou wrote.

“Of course they’re go­ing to be around! The es­tu­ar­ies are over crowded with them.”

Mean­while croc­o­dile slide marks were re­ported to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion at White­haven Beach ear­lier this month.

A site in­spec­tion and aerial sur­vey was un­der­taken and re­vealed no ev­i­dence of a croc­o­dile, the depart­ment said.

Nonethe­less re­cent croc­o­dile sight­ing signs were de­ployed.

It is im­por­tant all croc­o­dile sight­ings are re­ported as soon as pos­si­ble to the EHP. To report a croc­o­dile sight­ing call EHP on 1300 130 372.

CROC-WISE: A croc­o­dile warn­ing sign has been erected at Cannonvale Beach.

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