FREAKY SPOT: Authorities have warned locals of what is believed to be a 3m crocodile in the Boyne River.
FREAKY SPOT: Authorities have warned locals of what is believed to be a 3m crocodile in the Boyne River. Contributed

Investigation reveals '3 metre crocodile' lurking at Boyne

AUTHORITIES heading an investigation into a crocodile sighting next to a popular park beside the Boyne River have revealed fresh details about the incident.

Officers with the Department of Environment are now erecting "croc warning signs" around Tannum Sands' Curlew Park.

The officers have revealed the crocodile, spotted slightly submerged beside the park, was most likely about 3m.

A passer-by reported that the crocodile was swimming north at about 7.30am on Friday morning.

"The crocodile, estimated to be 3 metres in length, was seen submerging underwater and swimming north," a Department spokeswoman said.

"The person saw the animal's head and back as it swam and then submerged."

The officers inspected the area on Friday and plastered signs around the park.

CROC SPOTTED: Authorities warn locals to stay out of the water after a crcodile was spotted at Curlew park.
CROC SPOTTED: Authorities warn locals to stay out of the water after a crcodile was spotted at Curlew park.

The Department is now warning residents to steer clear of the water and to stand back from the water during fishing.

"In areas where crocodiles have been observed it is important people practise 'croc wise' behaviour," the spokesperson said.

This includes:

- Obey croc warning signs
- Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
- Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
- Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
- Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
- Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
- Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps
- Always supervise children, and
- Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

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The crocodile was spotted at Tannum Sands in the Boyne River, at the south end of Curlew Park, according to a Department of Environment and Heritage spokeswoman.

Officers with the Department were to place warning signs around the park and surrounding areas.

The crocodile was sighted at about 7.30am.

The Department is expected to reveal more details of the circumstances around the sighting soon, including the crocodile's behaviour. 

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The Department has warned locals that they shouldn't "swim or let domestic pets in the water" and should "stand back from the water when fishing" near the crocodile warning signs.

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"In areas where crocodiles have been observed it is important people practise 'croc wise' behaviour," the spokesperson said.

This includes:

- Obey croc warning signs
- Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
- Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
- Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
- Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
- Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
- Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps
- Always supervise children, and
- Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.



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