Canal crocodile sparks concerns
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