Wildlife officer 'not at all surprised' by croc sighting

INTERACTIVE MAP: Latest Mary River croc sightings. 

RED: Two crocodiles confirmed (Thursday April 14). ORANGE: Unconfirmed freshwater sighting (Monday April 11. YELLOW: Proximity to Gympie 


UPDATE 1PM: FRASER Coast Wildlife Sanctuary curator Ray Revill says he's "not at all surprised" two massive crocs have been spotted in the Mary River.

The Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed two crocodiles, one 4.5 metres long, have been seen by wildlife officers in Grahams Creek.

Ray Revill said for true locals of Maryborough, Tinana and Tiaro, this was not unexpected.

"It's unusual for the department to make a record of it, but not unusual for the die-hard locals," Ray said.

"They move up and down the whole system, and Graham's Creek is just before the barrow when they're supposed to stop."

Ray said although two had been spotted in the same area, he doubted there would be any baby crocs swimming around the region.

"There's no evidence of them doing that, and here it's a little bit on the cool side and not humid enough for them to breed usually," he said.

Although Ray had recently expressed interest in bringing crocs to the sanctuary on Mungar Rd, the two spotted in the Mary were far too big.

"I'd say they'd probably end up going to Rockhampton or Airlie Beach to the farm up there," he said.

"I hope they've got a big trap for these ones!"

 

EARLIER: WILDLIFE officers have confirmed the presence of two crocodiles in the Mary River near Grahams Creek, with one of the animals estimated to be at least 4.5 metres in length.

The crocodiles were seen by wildlife officers during an early morning river bank survey last Thursday, on the Mary River, south of Maryborough.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection confirmed the sightings yesterday.

Ms Egan said EHP had also received a report of a large object - possibly a crocodile - in freshwater Tinana Creek, south of Maryborough last Monday.

Southern Wildlife Manager Sally Egan said a floating trap would be deployed in the Mary River near Grahams Creek. 

"In addition to the 4.5 metre animal wildlife officers confirmed the presence of a second crocodile estimated to be around 2.5 metres long in the same section of the river," Ms Egan said.

"Recent crocodile sighting warning signs have been deployed and wildlife officers will continue to monitor the river near Grahams Creek.

 

 

"Wildlife officers are continuing to conduct vessel based surveys of the Mary River. Any crocodiles found to be present will be automatically targeted for removal."

 

 

 

 

She said in addition, wildlife officers are investigating Tinana Creek for any signs of crocodile activity as part of their monitoring of the Mary River.

"It is very important that members of the public continue to exercise CrocWise behaviour," Ms Egan said. 

The sightings follow the capture of a 3.8m crocodile that was caught by wildlife officers in 2014 at Mungar near Grahams Creek.

 

 

Follow these rules:

  • Obey croc warning signs
  • Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
  • Always supervise children
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country

 

A 3.8m crocodile that was caught by wildlife officers in 2014 at Mungar near Grahams Creek.
A 3.8m crocodile that was caught by wildlife officers in 2014 at Mungar near Grahams Creek. Alistair Brightman
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