Croc man­age­ment

NT News - - OPINION -

IT was in­evitable that less knowl­edge­able peo­ple than Gra­hame Webb would pour scorn on his sug­ges­tion that crocodiles in Dar­win har­bour be shot. I doubt whether Adam Brit­ton was liv­ing in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory back in the 1960s, be­fore crocodiles be­came pro­tected. If he had, he would know that they were ac­tu­ally fright­ened of peo­ple, and would steer clear of you if they saw you com­ing.

We used to swim any­where back then. We would have mid­night dips at Mindil beach, swim at any beach in and around Dar­win Har­bour, and in rivers and la­goons. I re­mem­ber - in 1969 - swim­ming across Daly River with three oth­ers, none of us both­er­ing for one mo­ment about any threat from crocodiles. It would take time, but even­tu­ally crocodiles would learn that Dar­win Har­bour is not a safe place for them, and peo­ple are a threat to them, and they would stay away. Lis­ten to Gra­hame Webb. He does know what he’s talk­ing about. Les Whit­taker, Lar­rakeyah

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