Crabber tells of croc sighting at Toolooa Bends
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.
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.