CROC ALERT: Crocodile spotted in Boyne River
ANOTHER unconfirmed crocodile sighting in the Boyne River has reignited a long-running debate among Gladstone locals.
A woman contacted Gladstone Regional Council yesterday evening saying she had seen a crocodile near the bridge at the Benaraby camp grounds.
The council directed the woman to report the sighting to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's CrocWatch hotline on 1300 130 372.
The incident is at least the sixth unconfirmed crocodile sighting in the Gladstone region since the beginning of the year, and the fourth in the Boyne River.
A crocodile was also reported near the same bridge at Benaraby last year.
News of the sighting - unaccompanied by any photographic evidence - has been met with skepticism by some of The Observer's readers, who remain unconvinced the sightings are the product of anything other than some campers' active imaginations.
"Spotted but never photographed," Shaz Harry wrote on Facebook.
"Tommo reckons (he's) never seen one, and (he's) swum every day for 40-odd years," Lorrie-Ann Maurer said.
But to others, the sighting was more evidence for something they knew was true all along.
"Have always been in there," Scotty Walkins said.
"I thought I left cyclones behind when I moved down from up north and I was proven wrong, so it wouldn't surprise me in the least if there is a croc in the Boyne," Jacqueline Flanagan said.
"They are in (Baffle Creek) and as far south as Maryborough, so it's silly to think they wouldn't be in the Boyne," Michelle Brothwell agreed.
A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokesman said the Department had not yet received a formal report regarding yesterday's sighting, but that it followed up every sighting report it received.
The spokesman said the Boyne River was located at the southern limit of croc country in Queensland, and offered nine tips for being "Crocwise" in croc country:
- Obey croc warning signs
- Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
- Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
- Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
- Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
- Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
- Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps
- Always supervise children
- Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country
Meanwhile, a 5.2m crocodile has been found dead in the Fitzroy River today from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Read more here.
GLADSTONE Regional Council has warned people to be on the lookout for crocodiles after one was reportedly spotted in the Boyne River.
The council said it received a report of a crocodile swimming in the Boyne close to the camping area at Benaraby yesterday evening.
A post on the council's Facebook page reminded everyone to "stay safe when in croc country" and to report sightings to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Protection.
You can call the department's CrocWatch hotline on 1300 130 372.
Updates to follow.