Croc snapped inside stinger nets
A BABY saltwater crocodile has been snapped inside the stinger nets at Four Mile Beach.
The Port Douglas beach will remain closed for the rest of the day after the one-metre reptile was spotted this morning.
When Colin Cameron, captain of the day's beach patrol at Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving club, began the usual net sweep of the enclosure at 8am he discovered the small crocodile - which was not far from a family group enjoying the water.
They left the water immediately and surf club protocols swung into place, with a phone call to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection rangers, and signs declaring the beach closed.
Two EHP rangers arrived around 11am and it was decided to wait 90 minutes or so for the outgoing tide to fall sufficiently for the croc to swim itself out of the enclosure over the boom.
Which it eventually did, just before 1pm. It was last seen swimming out to sea.
Rob Davidson, Surf Life Savin Queensland's FNQ regional manager, said the beach would reopen on Monday morning, "unless the croc comes back or another one is spotted".