Crocodile gets too close for comfort

A crocodile at Port Hinchinbrook.
A crocodile at Port Hinchinbrook.

IT'S quite common for Port Hinchinbrook residents to be left high and dry during low tide at the marina but they weren't the only ones recently left stranded.

A photo of a large saltwater crocodile, believed to be at least 3m, is circulating­ among the seaside community after it was spotted sunbaking on a sand island last Thursday.

A crocodile at Port Hinchinbrook.
A crocodile at Port Hinchinbrook.

Port Hinchinbrook resident Barry Hare said the reptile was sitting just inside the entrance to the marina, about 50m from the grand canal.

Mr Hare said although there were many false reports of crocodiles, there seemed to be more sightings of the animals than ever before.

"There is a lot of stuff in the marina like logs and debris that look like it could be a croc but over the past couple of months a lot of people standing on pontoons have seen them," he said.

Mr Hare said crocodiles were an attraction­ but the sightings and their continued presence was getting a bit "too close for comfort".

"I'd rather them not be here," he said. "At high tide, what's to stop them walking into your backyard.

"We've got a big stone wall between­ the water and ourselves but at high tide it's not very hard from one to come in for a cup for tea."

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