Reports of a highway albino croc are just rubbish
THERE have been confirmed reports of hundreds of sightings over the last two days of a large crocodile near the side of the Capricorn Hwy, west of Rockhampton.
Even more remarkable, those that have seen the crocodile, estimated to be three metres long, are emphatic that it is white, or an albino.
The reports follow those of a crocodile seen crossing the highway near the Yeppen Lagoon last month.
The mass sightings of the "albino" croc have been made in close proximity to the Yeppen Lagoon where rangers have set a trap.
As if posing, the audacious reptile spends most of the daylight hours sprawled on grass near a sign which warns of "crocodile sightings in the area".
Gracemere motorists travelling the highway have become so accustomed to the reptile that they have dubbed it Crikey the Croc.
Despite all the hype, authorities remain nonplussed assuring that the reptile is "harmless".
One local agreed saying crudely - "it looks pretty stuffed to me".
Indeed so, as Crikey is the creation of Gracemere "rubbish artist" Des Covey.
He models newsworthy configurations made from junk he collects as a community service along that stretch of highway
"Crikey took about an hour or so to put together and is filled with rubbish inside some old working gear I took apart and stitched-up together," Mr Covey said.
Whether intended or not, Crikey's presence has certainly enhanced awareness levels of the presence of a very real predator in the area.