Croc sighted at Lammermoor Beach

A CROCODILE was spotted swimming along Lammermoor Beach around 1.30pm on Sunday and residents are being told our beaches are safe, but to be aware.

Department of Environment and Resource Management Team Leader Joe Adair yesterday confirmed they had received a report that a 3.5 metre croc was swimming in a northerly direction on the beach.

He said an unknown person reported the sighting to staff at the Lammermoor Beach Convenience Store who then contacted the DERM hotline.

“DERM has not been able to verify this sighting and there have been no further reports of a crocodile sighting in the area,” Mr Adair said.

“It is likely that the crocodile was travelling through the area and it is not being treated as a crocodile of concern.”

Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club was alerted to the presence of a crocodile in the area and ‘recent sighting’ signs have been placed at either end of Lammermoor Beach.

The signs will be removed on Monday if there are no further reports.

While there have been no sightings of a crocodile in the area since early this year, Mr Adair said Capricorn Coast is croc county and they are found in local rivers in the area.

“This sighting is not unusual for this time of year when crocodiles are moving about.”

Being croc wise includes obeying crocodile warning signs, being more aware of crocodiles during the breeding season from September to April, never swimming where crocodiles may live, swimmers should swim at patrolled beaches, and standing well back from the waters edge when fishing.



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