Fish frames blamed for croc visits
A CARAVAN park operator claims crocodiles are causing a downturn in tourism at a Far Northern beach.
But another local says fishermen's behaviour of dumping fish-frames at the beach is attracting crocs to the area.
It comes just two days after a fisher who was cast-netting close to the water had his pet dog taken by a 3m crocodile.
Pinnacle Village at Wonga Beach manager Darryl Tenni said crocs were becoming a frequent sight at the holiday destination.
He claimed another fisher in a tinnie had been "chased" by one of the reptiles just off the beach.
"It's getting pretty ridiculous up here," he said.
"It's starting to affect my business."
Beachgoer Peter Wieczorek claimed the sand had been littered with discarded fish frames on the day the dog was taken.
"I went for a walk with my wife, and that day there was such a mess that we had not seen for ages," he said.
"There was big red emperor lying there, shark - whatever you can think, people had thrown it overboard, or cleaned it near the caravan place.
"It's no surprise the crocodiles come closer to it."