The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world.
The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world. KongSan

Large crocodile 'was watching the boys fishing'

A BIG crocodile has been lazing around the Ron Camm Bridge, observing anglers, according to reports by the public.

Facebook user Dave Gibbons posted about a "large crocodile sighted under the bridge in Mackay" late on Friday night.

"A large croc was sighted under the bridge in Mackay late last night. The Ron Camm Bridge on the Bruce Hwy. 3 metres.

"He was watching the boys fishing. Be careful Mackay. Please share"

Meanwhile, last Wednesday Dolphin Heads resident Gary Butcher spotted a 3-4m crocodile off the coast of Eimeo.

And the Department of Environment's CrocWatch website lists several other recent sightings.

 

Underneath the Ron Camm Bridge, where a three metre crocodile was reportedly sighted. Photo: Kathleen Brand.
Underneath the Ron Camm Bridge, where a three metre crocodile was reportedly sighted. Photo: Kathleen Brand. Contributed

A crocodile was reported and confirmed in Murray Creek in the Mackay region on December 6.

The department said the area is known crocodile habitat and permanent warning sings in place at Land Road boat ramp.

On December 1, a crocodile was also reported in a crab trap in Reliance Creek, Mackay.

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It was successfully released from the crab pot and no further action was taken, the department said.

It's worth remembering no natural waterway in crocodile country is ever 100% risk-free when it comes to the prehistoric reptiles.

The department advises the public should remain "croc-wise" at all times when in and around crocodile habitats.

All crocodile sightings in Queensland should be reported to the CrocWatch hotline on 1300 130 372.

The Department of Environment and records and investigates all crocodile reports made by the public and will take action based on potential safety risk.



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