News

Crabber tells of croc sighting at Toolooa Bends

CROC SPOTTED: Angler Robbie Warren spotted this 3 metre croc at Toolooa Bends on Friday while putting out crab some pots.
CROC SPOTTED: Angler Robbie Warren spotted this 3 metre croc at Toolooa Bends on Friday while putting out crab some pots. Robbie Warren

RECENT sightings of crocodiles in the Boyne River have been met with scepticism, but angler Robbie Warren has a photo that should put doubt to rest.

Mr Warren spotted the crocodile at Toolooa Bends last night, estimating it to be three metres, and is warning others to be cautious.

"We were out setting up crab pots and thought to go back up and check them before we left," Mr Warren said. 

"We had the spotlight on and I could see two pink eyes on the side of the bank. I didn't think much of it straight away."

As Mr Warren and his friends got closer, they could clearly see the juvenile croc floating in the water.

It was the first time Mr Warren, who has been dropping crab pots at Toolooa Bends for about six years, has ever seen a crocodile in the area.

However, four years ago he did see drag marks in the mud which he believes were made by a crocodile.

"There are croc sightings all the time in the Fitzroy so there's every possibility of crocs in the Gladstone systems too," Mr Warren said.

"It was amazing to see one, it gave us a buzz for an hour or two afterwards especially for it to be so casual and not really bothered that we were there."

It took 20 minutes to capture the photo Mr Warren then posted to a Public Facebook Page, warning others to be careful around the busy Toolooa Bends boat ramp. 

"There are often young kids around and I wouldn't want them to tangled up with (the crocodile)," Mr Warren said. 

"I will be more cautious next time I go out.

"But it's not going to make me change what I do. It was very rare."

In December residents reported seeing a crocodile, estimated to be about 3.5 metres, on the banks of the Boyne River but not everyone was convinced.

VMR boat captain Hamish McLeod - who lives on a boat on the Boyne River - was among the sceptics.

He said he was not aware of any crocodile sightings in the river and thought the December sighting was more than likely a case of mistaken identity.

"I think some people might see floating palm fronds and from a distance with an inexperienced eye think 'there's a crocodile'," he said.

In October 2013 Kevin Drury told The Observer that a visitor to the region had seen a crocodile just south of the Boyne River bridge while fishing at late at night.

The man told Mr Drury at first it was thought to be a log, but then the log disappeared.

The croc's head was reportedly a foot wide.

And it seems the State Government believes there are crocodiles in the Boyne River, last year it painted new, bright yellow warning signs on boat ramps around the region warning fisherman to be cautious.

>>Don't believe the crocodile sightings? Go take a dip

Sightings can be reported to the State Government Environment Department on 1300 130 372.

Have you ever seen a crocodile in the Boyne River? Let us know phone 4970 3019. 

Topics:  boyne river crocodile gladstone



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Police arrest and charge man after he escaped on foot

Gladstone magistrates court

Man runs from police before being arrested and charged.

F*** heads: Maccas rant lands woman in police cells

RANT: Katrina Leanne Luhrs fronted court over expletive laden rant.

"They wanted to f******* charge me $1 for a slice of cheese."

Bad back forced man to self-medicate with pot

Synthetic drug use for medicinal purposes is becoming more prominent. 
Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer

Police found 10 marijuana plants at home of 52-year-old.

Local Partners

Lucky catch for fisho after losing wedding ring

As Darren was washing his hands his wedding ring slipped from his finger and fell in the water.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Wheels are in motion for Adani's operational hub

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow are both excited following the Adani business meeting.

Businesses expected to hear from Adani today

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Gladstone market's confidence coming back for 2017

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 16.7% to $275,000 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 16.7% to $275,000

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!