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Crocodile Encounter in Mackay Waters: A Startling Incident

Crocodile Encounter in Mackay Waters: A Startling Incident

Unexpected Encounter: A Startling Incident Unfolds

A recent incident near St. Helen’s Beach, just north of Mackay, has sparked an investigation by the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) following a rather startling encounter between a local fisherman and a large crocodile on the last day of 2023.

The account, reported via the QWildlife app, detailed a chilling moment when the reptile unexpectedly leapt into the fisherman’s tinnie while he was out fishing at Jane Creek.

Nature’s Response: A Swift and Startling Encounter

Senior wildlife officer Jane Burns highlighted the harrowing nature of the incident, noting the fisherman’s quick thinking in navigating the encounter.

The crocodile, described as unusually aggressive, approached the boat, prompting the fisherman to swiftly start the engine.

Subsequently, the crocodile lunged into the vessel, causing damage as the man manoeuvred to retrieve the anchor, eventually leading to the reptile’s retreat back into the water.

Official Response: Mobilising for Assessment and Safety Measures

In response, DESI is deploying a team from Mackay for a thorough assessment of the area, including the installation of warning signs at key access points.

The incident underscores the importance of vigilance in Croc Country, an area encompassing Mackay, reminding residents and visitors to remain cautious around waterways.

Crocwise Guidance: Vital Measures in Croc Country

DESI’s advice echoes the need for Crocwise behaviour, urging the public to report any crocodile sightings promptly and follow safety guidelines diligently.

Crocodiles, highly mobile creatures, may inhabit various water bodies, and adherence to safety measures is crucial in mitigating potential risks.

A Call for Vigilance in Mackay’s Waters

As the investigation unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the inherent dangers within these waters.

Whether fishing, boating, or camping, exercising caution remains imperative.

The Mackay region’s unique landscape demands a vigilant and Crocwise approach to ensure the safety of all who frequent its waterways.

Essential Practices for Coexisting Safely

For those venturing into Croc Country, adherence to safety protocols, respecting warning signs and promptly reporting sightings are fundamental practices in navigating the inherent coexistence with these formidable creatures.