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Reef Report for Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Crocodiles in Far North Queensland
An Update

A while back we were driving back from a hike in Daintree National Park, and looking out the window we saw two enormous crocodiles on the river bank, so we got out to take a short video for you, have a look!

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen such large crocodiles so close in such a beautiful setting. They were not troubled at all by our presence, nor by the highway traffic going by on the bridge 100 metres away.

From a personal perspective I think it’s great to see such a creature, however, we must always respect the fact that these animals are enormous predators, and we are well within the prey size range for these animals. Always be aware of any warning signage you see, and follow their recommendation. Always assume that any coastal waters of any size might harbor a crocodile. Always be croc safe. By protecting yourself you are also protecting these animals, which are removed from the water when they are thought to be a threat to human activities.

Lately we seem to be seeing crocodiles more often. Saltwater crocodiles normally live in the tidal sections of rivers and creeks in our region, but do move through the ocean in river systems. We’ve had beaches temporarily closed by crocodile sightings, and a recent survey of the Barron River, the largest rivers system near Cairns, showed a number of crocodiles in the river, some of a size that caused concern and much discussion locally .

We think the discussion is healthy, but having seen these animals in the wild we are not in favor of the proposals to allow for permitted safari-style hunting. Frankly, we don’t see much sport in shooting large stationary animals, and would rather see the management of crocodile populations be based on science, and leave any business motive out of the equation.

Here’s more information about saltwater crocodiles in Far North Queensland,

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