Croc sighted at popular location
WHEN Kate Pelling heard a splash in the water she thought it was just a fish – but it wasn’t. The mangroves were moving on the muddy bank.
Just metres from where she and her family were fishing at a popular spot at Corio Bay, north of Yeppoon, last Saturday, a large crocodile was lurking. (See photo above.)
The Mount Chalmers resident yesterday said she had heard there were some crocodiles in the bay and Waterpark Creek, but she and her parents had never seen one when on their family fishing trips every few months.
“Dad’s parents used to own a hut up there, but he had never seen them,” she said.
“He had doubts, but not any more.”
Kate, 20, said they were quick to decide to pack up for the day, but got a little closer to get a better look and a picture.
“We think it would be at least three metres in length as our boat is 4.65m and it wasn’t much shorter than it,” she said. “It certainly makes you think twice about getting out of the boat, as we do on almost every trip.”
Kate said she had earlier seen two children fishing on a sand bar not far from where they saw the croc later on.
She said she was really concerned for the kids.
A spokeswoman from the Department of Environment and Resource Management yesterday said the crocodile was being investigated based on the photographs supplied, and an earlier unconfirmed sighting of a crocodile near Corbett’s Landing reported on January 13.
She said the area was a known crocodile habitat and permanent warning signs were in place, but if a croc was spotted, it should be reported as soon as possible with details of the time and location of the sighting.