Crocodiles in Exmouth

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 02:56
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Hi All

Crocodiles are now as far South as Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast on the East Coast. The question is how far South have they come down south on the West Coast?

The same latitude as the Sunshine Coast would put you around Shark Bay in the West, so surely it's possible for Crocs to head south... The question is how far?

Anybody with any evidence or an idea please comment.

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 07:57

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 07:57
Hi ozwasp, cant answer your question but it reminded me of a time recently when up in Derby, while on my brothers fishing boat, a large salty cruised past the craft.

Ths in its self is nothing unusual up that way.
What I did find interesting was the fact we were nearly 200 kms off the coast.

Still wonder if it made it home.


Cheers.....Lionel.
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Reply By: Mobi Condo - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 08:18

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 08:18
Not seemingly unusual!
Our mid 2007 trip to the Kimberly and then south to Onslow before heading east to home, saw several news reports of big salties well south of Broome and down to the Onslow region.

Regards distance off shore - I had a manager in the late 1990's, who had spent several years crewing on the Coastal Surveylance aircraft from Townsville round to Darwin and back. He had many stories of large crocs being spotted several hundred k's off shore!

I must admit though, that I will start to get concerned when they show up in the Barker Inlet of the Port River Estuary system in Adelaide! :-) :-)

Cheers - Mobi
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 09:40

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 09:40
dont start worring about the crocs...just keep an eye out for the sharks
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Follow Up By: ob - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 13:41

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 13:41
My young bloke who works for Rio Tinto at cape Lambert sent me some nice photos of a 3 meter salty in the harbour where they tie up the ore carrier tugs. Near Karratha WA for those that don't know where Cape Lambert is and he had heard of one that the Dept of Conservation were trying to trap at Onslow

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Follow Up By: stumbly - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 14:35

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 14:35
Hi, work for rio myself and have a few mates live in Cape Lambert, they had a fairly decent size croc in sams creek? for a fair while. They had 1 in Dampier harbour a couple of years ago about 2mtrs long. have heard the rumours of them at onslow.
The sitings always seem to come after a cyclone, don't know if this significant.
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Reply By: Member - Mark - Exmouth WA - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 08:38

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 08:38
No crocs here Ozwasp, maybe across the other side of Exmouth Gulf, in fact a 3 metre croc was seen in the Ashburton River near Onslow last year, there were reports of a croc in the Bay of Rest area near Learmonth Airport, about 40 kilometres south of town, but if my memory serves me well that was in the winter and knowing what the water temperature is like in winter i cant see how it would survive.


Cheers
Mark
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Follow Up By: DIO - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 10:45

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 10:45
...........'i cant see how it would survive'

They have survived for 100s of millions of years, throughout climate change and other natural occurrences. Don't think a bit of cool water or weather will discourage them too much.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 11:32

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 11:32
Crocs can survive quite well down south - they do live in zoos OK without a lot of heating - however they cannot breed.

Garry
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Follow Up By: ozwasp - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 19:49

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 19:49
I don't think they'd have too much trouble getting across the Gulf. It is only 40km or so at the head.

Do you think they are slowly heading South? If so, when will they be in Coral Bay?
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Reply By: Flywest - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:14

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:14
Last year when we lived near Whim Creek in the Pilbara - a salty moved into Balla balla - and the CALM (DEC) wildlife dudes put up a sign saying beware, after a couple retirees camped there spotted him and took these pics of his slide down the mud embankement and a google image of the location.





When the DEC dudes were putting p the sign we had a chat about the crocks and how far down they were!

They mentioned the one in Sams creek at Pt Samson, & I saw published photos of presumably the same bloke at the Cape Lambert Loading dock a few days before. They also mentioned the one in the Ashburton at Onslo, that they have been chasing for a long time.

Did a bit of cray diving on the Eastern side of the Exmouth gulf, and thankfully never saw any sign of crocks, but i they can be at Olslo - then obviously the exmouth Gulfs a possibility.

Back to the one at Balla Balla - a couple of likely lads from the pub at Whim Creek claimed to have got a .22 mag round into it one night - but said it wasn't a kill shot and probably just made him angry! (Overheard them braggin about it around the pool table).

I'm guessing males will keep maing their way down the Pilbara - how far further south they will go is anyones guess.

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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 19:52

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 19:52
well im guessing salties need rivers, mangrove swamps - sure there found elsewhere but thats not there habitat and they are just going elswhere.

By my reckoning theres not alot of habitat for them below onslow


- .................... but then again crocs inyardie creek?, kalbarri in the murchasin? they already have mangrove jacks and muddys

maybe even gulderton and the moore river aint safe?
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 20:48

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 20:48
For years and years my late father in law used to go on an annual fishing expedition to Gladstone, on Shark Bay.

On one of these trips he beat a croc away from his boat with an oar. It was sluggish and definitely not well.

So they do get there, once in a while, and usually after a cyclone.

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Follow Up By: ozwasp - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 00:28

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 00:28
Wow, a crocodile in Shark Bay... Never thought I'd hear of the day
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 01:07

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 01:07
Ozwasp,

I was just talking to Mrs Bush about this and asked her if she could remember when it was. Better than that, she said, and dived into a desk drawer and came straight out with this newspaper clipping.

June 22, 1994.

Read all about it....

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 01:09

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 01:09
Pat Clifford, mentioned in the story, was Mrs Bush's dad.
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 22:37

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 22:37
Don't think they've made it into the Yarra yet. But as I live on a tributary I'll be keeping a sharp look out !!!

Cheers.........
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 23:14

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 23:14
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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 23:15

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 23:15
there was a freshy found at windora a while back

- now that lost!
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Reply By: jezza68 - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:13

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:13
The crocodile at Gladstone WA was found dead on the flats not far from the 26th Parallel lookout.
There is a record of Yardie Creek Exmouth as having once been a croc shooters camp.
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