CROCS SPOT­TED ON TOP END ROADS

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - By KATINA VANGOPOULO­S

THE swell from Christ­mas and Box­ing day rains has re­sulted in a num­ber of croc­o­dile sight­ings around Darwin and the ru­ral area.

One croc was on the side of the road at Fogg Dam, two off­shore at East Point and Fan- nie Bay, and a fourth found dead at Humpty Doo.

North­ern Ter­ri­tory Parks and Wildlife croc­o­dile man­age­ment ranger Dani Best said the Fogg Dam croc had been found on the side of the road un­well.

‘‘They tend to stay up on the bank if they’re not well, and it could be from a num­ber of things,’’ she said.

Jean­nie Miaris of Wu­lagi was driv­ing along the dam about 3pm on Fri­day when she saw it, and said the 2m freshie at­tracted a crowd.

‘‘It was just very still, there were tourists braver than me, they got out of their cars to take pho­tos,’’ she said. ‘‘ I thought it was a saltie at first — it was cam­ou­flaged well with the road.’’

At Humpty Doo, po­lice were alerted to a croc that ap­peared to have set­tled on the side of the road near the pri­mary school.

They found it to have pas- sed away, and it was for­warded to the croc man­age­ment team for ex­am­i­na­tion.

Ms Best said the Fan­nie Bay sight­ing on Fri­day morn­ing was fleet­ing as the small croc moved quite quickly.

The East Point croc was spot­ted close to shore but did not pose a threat.

Pic­ture: JEAN­NIE MIARIS

The large fresh­wa­ter croc that drew a crowd on the side of the road at Fogg Dam

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