Canal croc­o­dile sparks con­cerns

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Dave Sa­vides

THERE’S a fairly large croc­o­dile prowl­ing the wa­ters of the Mzingazi Canal at the Med­way Road/Green Africa area – and the pub­lic is warned to be wary.

Richards Bay an­gler Charles du Preez was fish­ing off the new road bridge across the canal just after 8pm on Satur­day when he saw the rep­tile glide silently out from un­der the bridge.

‘I reckon it must have weighed around 80kg and was about 2.5m long,’ said Charles, who had just been about to get into the wa­ter to net some small fish.

‘I threw a stone to­wards it and it swam off a cou­ple of me­tres and buried it­self in a hole in the sand.’

It’s not the first time his an­gling vis­its to that spot have met with a scary in­ter­ven­tion from na­ture.

‘One evening a hippo swam into my line, quite a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Se­nior Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife con­ser­va­tion­ist Roy Jones said the pres­ence of the sub-adult croc at a place where many recre­ational an­glers, chil­dren and dogs are of­ten seen in the wa­ter, was great cause for con­cern.

‘Nile crocodiles are al­ways dan­ger­ous.

They are op­por­tunis­tic feed­ers and this one is large enough to at­tack any­thing it iden­ti­fies as po­ten­tial prey.’

The bridge where Charles was fish­ing when he spot­ted the 2.5m Nile croc­o­dile on Satur­day evening

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