The Courier-Mail

Giant saltie spotted tangling with turtle off beach

- MARK MURRAY

INCREDIBLE footage has emerged of a giant saltwater crocodile devouring a large sea turtle off the coast of far north Queensland.

A mustering helicopter patrolling happened upon the “4½m” reptile with what looks to be a huge turtle in its jaws near the mouth of the Daintree River, about 120km north of Cairns.

The crocodile was swimming about 500m off the coastline. “Just trying to get message out large croc around 4½ metres was swimming just south of Daintree mouth and half a kilometre out to sea roughly in line with Wonga Beach,” said Brian Bartlett, who posted the footage online.

It is the 12th reported crocodile sighting across the Port Douglas Shire in the past 30 days, with three of them seen around the waterways of Wonga Beach, north of Mossman.

One of the croc sightings, believed to be a reptile of a similar size to the one in the latest footage, is currently under investigat­ion by the Department of Environmen­t and Science.

A department spokesman said all crocodile sightings should be reported to 1300 130 372.

“Crocodiles are highly mobile and the longer you take to report a sighting, the less likely it is that the crocodile will be located,” the spokesman said.

 ??  ?? Crocodile with turtle in its mouth at Wonga Beach. Picture: Facebook/Brian Bartlett
Crocodile with turtle in its mouth at Wonga Beach. Picture: Facebook/Brian Bartlett

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