Crocs emerge for double trouble with Coast Guard



A ROCKHAMPTON Volun- teer Coast Guard exercise turned to high drama when two members in a tinny saw two crocodiles in close suc- cession.

Anchored at Greenlight Pas- sage, opposite Thompsons Point, Don McCall and John Kowalski were splashed by a territorial crocodile last Thursday night.

Mr Kowalski said the four- metre reptile suddenly came up to the surface, bumped the back of the boat, swished its tail and drenched Mr McCall.

"I've seen crocs before, but I've never seen one that close or pull a stunt like that,'' Mr Kowalski said.

"That was the second one we saw for the night. There was another at the beginning of the creek system at Rock Walls going into Casuarina.''

Because it was the second crocodile for the night, orders for all hands to be in the boat had already been given.

"Mr Lever (from Koorana Crocodile Farm) said it was probably a defensive act by the croc.''

A combination of the stormy weather, the hatching season for crocodile eggs and the territorial nature of the beast were cited.



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