Windjana Gorge june 2010

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Hope this works.Photo taken by my next door neighbour in late june this year.

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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:34

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:34
no salties in Windjana

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:39

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:39
Agree, I thought they were all "freshies" at Windjana.

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Follow Up By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 21:30

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 21:30
New what the answers would be so was not even going to post the photo then thought what the hec.Photo was taken on 29/5/10 and is a real live salty and a big one at that.There was a tour bus there at the time and the driver rounded up all his clients so as they would not get to close and they also took some snaps so this is not the only photo.Frank has a very good camera so was able to take a few shots from long range but was not positive it was a salty until he showed some people he new in Derby the photo.

Salties turn up in unlikely spots and a bigish one was trapped at Parry Creek Lagoon when we were there last year.Winjana also has lots of big Barra for all those doubting thomases out there although fishing is not allowed.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 23:25

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 23:25
Parrys Creek is a bit different from Windjana in the proximity to tidal waters. Parrys is on a line of pools and tidal creeks only a few k's from the Ord River.

Windjana on the other hand is a looooong way inland and rather an unlikely spot for a 'saltie'.

Then again - I came across camels just out of town going through Kununurra 30 odd years ago - and no one believed me then.....

Still think your mate has his locations mixed up though.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:39

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:39
I think your neighbour is telling porkies....

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Reply By: 80seriescruiser - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:59

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:59
Um no don't think so. I was there a in June a couple of weeks before the 80mm of rain and only freshies and only ever freshies. No croc more than 1m or so. Can get up close to them within 5 metres or so for good photos.
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Reply By: Muntoo - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 23:58

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 23:58
Very interesting. I dont doubt it for a minute mate. These buggers can get anywhere, especially with a good wet. The snout looks very narrow though, and the nose protrudes alot like a freshie, BUT alot of the teeth are missing and blunt which indicates its a SALTIE.

Interested why it hasn't been reported though.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 07:55

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 07:55
Looks like a waky baccy plantation got themselves some newstyle securiyy LOL.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 08:39

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 08:39
Another doubting Thomas here also. I find it hard to understand why a salty would go to that trouble. There would be plenty of food downstream and they are damned lazy.

The rock does not seem ti "fit" the background either. It looks like a "manufactured" photo. From what I recall of Windjana the rocks look different. The rocks there appear more like sandstone. The rock that the croc is on looks like granite or a much harder compound. I am not a rock specialist but it just does not look like the rocks we have in our photos.

Look at the very flat part of the crocs back also. Its as if the person who "cut" the croc out missed a bit of the spikes down his back and cut it off nice and straight.

Sorry Graeme.

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Reply By: carlsp - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:11

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:11
I think this is a freshwater croc. The tip of the snout is too narrow for a salty. At this angle it is easy to mistake it. One can not go on the body as they are almost identical.
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Reply By: ob - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:39

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:39
Admittedly the last time I was at Windjana was over 10 years ago but we saw only freshies. Never saw one that fat though, assuming the photo hasn't been 'shopped". Agree that the snout looks too narrow for a Saltie. Maybe the angle and distance of the subject distorts dimensions a bit

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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 11:23

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 11:23
was there mid-late June - no metion of Salties from the NP folks I spoke to.

If there were Salties there - they would have to close the walk - parts too close to the water.

Any advisories on closing the Park?

Suspect like others this is a myth.

this link doesn't mention any crocs near Windjana .....


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Reply By: Member - peter K (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 16:07

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 16:07
I a'm a douter to don't remember that type of plant in the back ground as being at the gorge but do drink alot also the rock dosen't look right for the gorge either Have swam there with a group of friends so i hope where right and it not a salty or it is the wrong spot. PJK
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Reply By: Member - Duane A (WA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 04:31

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 04:31
LOOKS LIKE A FALTY HALF FRESH HALF SALT ???????????? LOL!!.
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Reply By: Steve and Viv - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 23:08

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 23:08
What a load of rubbish I'm afraid. As my wife is the operations manager of the Broome visitors center we would know if there was a salty there and there was not. Not sure how it would even get there as it's a long way from the Fitzroy
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