Drone footage shows the
Drone footage shows the "3-4 metre” crocodile swimming towards the Mackay Marina.

Incredible drone photo captures 'massive croc' in harbour

THERE is renewed calls for the culling of crocodiles after a huge crocodile was spotted cruising Mackay Harbour yesterday.

Fisherman Matt Whitecross was "shocked and excited" to see the large reptile yesterday morning.

He first spotted the croc just after 10am, 15m from where he was fishing on the southern breakwater, but wasn't fast enough with his camera before it went under.

About 15 minutes later he saw it again, this time swimming 100m away.

He estimates the beast was at least 3-4m long, "probably closer to four".

"I just took a look over my shoulder and saw a massive croc. It was amazing," Mr Whitecross told the Mercury.

People in a couple of other boats in the harbour at the time also saw the crocodile but Mr Whitecross said "it wasn't aggressive".

"It went under water each time it was spotted."

It is the third crocodile sighting in the area since the start of the year.

 

A crocodile has been spotted swimming inside the Mackay Marina.
A crocodile has been spotted swimming inside the Mackay Marina. North Queensland Bulk Ports

On January 8 a crocodile was snapped eating a turtle in the western bay of Little Green Island, just north of Shoal Point.

And on January 4 a crocodile "almost as big" as a 14-foot paddleboard closed Mackay Harbour beach.

In light of yesterday's sighting, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan has renewed his call for the culling of crocodiles.

"It's a no-brainer that we will see more," Mr Costigan said.

"It's a matter of when not if (someone will be taken) and the tourism industry needs that like a hole in the head."

Mr Costigan said he didn't want to wipe the species out but "human life comes before croc life".

He said the number of crocodiles had increased exponentially since being protected and a culling needed to occur to protect human life.

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Local drone hobbyist James Cabassi also caught sight of the croc and managed to capture an incredible image of the beast as it swam near the yachts moored in the Harbour.

"I'd seen the photos online and came down to have a look," he said.

Report all crocodile sightings to the Environment of Heritage Protection: 1300130372.



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