Croc sighted at Pelican Point Carnarvon

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 11:27
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The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people within the vicinity of Pelican Point to be cautious following the reported sighting of an estuarine crocodile swimming in the waters of the Carnarvon Fascine.

DPaW Geraldton District Manager David Rose said although it was very unusual for an estuarine crocodile to be this far south, it was possible and he urged residents and tourists to be extra careful when near the area in the next few days.

The crocodile was sighted yesterday by a local kite surfer about 100 metres from mangroves near Pelican Point, a popular recreation area.

"DPaW is working with local police, the Shire of Carnarvon and the Department of Fisheries to try and locate the crocodile," he said.

"We are patrolling the area for any signs of crocodile activity and are prepared for the potential trapping of the crocodile if sighted.

"People need to be cautious around the beach and waters, and be extra vigilant in ensuring children and dogs are kept away from the water's edge."

Sightings of crocodiles in the Carnarvon area should be reported to the local DPaW office on 9941 3754.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. They live in coastal rivers and creek systems, and often occur in open sea and around islands.

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Strange a saltie would come this far south? Although the mangrove environment at the river mouth would suit them. The river rose over the weekend following inland rains, perhaps the recent cyclone up north drove them away from their normal habitats?
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Reply By: new boy - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 15:56

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 15:56
Wasn,t there an alleged sighting somewhere down the Ningaloo Reef couple of years back and thats an easy swim for a saltie.Well this could start a territory war between the tiger sharks of the bay and the salties from the north with the odd whale thrown in for luck.
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 17:29

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 17:29
Yes there was about 4 years ago I think it was captured off Coral Bay.

Throw some Orcas into the mix as well, there was a pod of them reported off Perth a couple of weeks ago.
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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 19:28

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 19:28
Sounds like we have a reality TV show in the making.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 00:14

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 00:14
it was destroyed north of Gnaraloo if I remember correctly
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Reply By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 23:15

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 23:15
Forget culling the sharks. Someone needs to address the ever increasing croc population......
There are far too many of them.
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Follow Up By: bibtracker - Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 02:15

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 02:15
Hey, you can't say that: it'll upset the Greenies!

I can't wait for them to do as they say and dive down to take the baits off the shark lines in Perth . . . and become lunch for a great white shark. Talk about delicious irony . . .

Cheers, Tony
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