A crocodile walked out of the water at Kewarra Beach at about 6pm on Friday, sitting just meters away from locals and tourists. PICTURE: Karen Bradtberg
A crocodile walked out of the water at Kewarra Beach at about 6pm on Friday, sitting just meters away from locals and tourists. PICTURE: Karen Bradtberg

Crocodile snapped in water off popular Qld swim spot

A CROCODILE was photographed swimming in water off The Strand late yesterday.

Hughenden visitor Melanie Pensini photographed the croc from Mariner's North Holiday Apartments.

"We've been watching it and it's swimming along the beach between us and Longboards (Bar and Grill)," she said.

"The kids wanted to go to the beach this afternoon, I'm so glad we didn't go."

Ms Pensini said she estimated the croc to be about 2.5-3m and it was swimming about 100m from the shore.

"It was floating there for a little while, it looked like a log," she said.

A large crocodile was sighted swimming less than 100m from the water's edge at The Strand.
A large crocodile was sighted swimming less than 100m from the water's edge at The Strand.

Last month a 4m crocodile was caught on a surveillance camera floating on the surface of the Port of Townsville channel on November 14.

It was immediately declared a "problem crocodile" by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. After no further sightings were reported, the declaration was rescinded late last month.

"It is likely that the animal was just moving through the area," a department spokeswoman told the Bulletin.

Meanwhile, Kennedy MP Bob Katter has called on the State Government to take urgent action on managing crocodiles.

He was commenting after a crocodile, believed to be between 1.5m and 2m, swam on to Kewarra Beach, north of Cairns, on Friday night.

Witnesses said the crocodile came out of the water just metres away from people and stayed on the beach for about half an hour.

"In the last 10 to 12 days, we've have had a croc in the swimming enclosure at Machans Beach, in the swimming enclosure at Palm Cove, a sighting at the beach at Port Douglas, an attack upon a tourist in the Daintree and now a sighting at Kewarra," Mr Katter said.

"The fact is that the croc numbers have exploded over the last 10 years … and the crocs need to be removed.

"We will be moving again for the removal of crocs in populated areas from Mackay to Port ­Douglas."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's office was contacted for a comment but did not respond by deadline.



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