Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome

Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) today advised Broome residents and visitors to the area to be alert following sightings of an estuarine crocodile in shallow waters between Port Jetty and Entrance Point Boat Ramps.

DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the 3m crocodile was sighted twice today first by a local fisherman and then by department staff. The crocodile was last seen heading north-west from Entrance Point towards Gantheaume Point approximately 800m off shore.

“People need to be careful, and avoid the beach and waters between Gantheaume Point and Port Beach, including Reddell Beach,” he said.

“We have department and Shire of Broome rangers on site advising people to exercise caution and warning signs have been erected. Beaches in the vicinity of Entrance Point Boat Ramps have been closed.

“We anticipate that the high tides will move the crocodile further out to sea away from the area, and will continue to monitor the situation.”

Sightings of estuarine crocodiles in the Broome area should be reported to DPaW office on 9915 5500.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act.

Estuarine crocodiles live in coastal rivers and creek systems and often occur in open sea and around islands. They also move inland along major rivers, floodplain billabongs and into freshwater rivers, creeks and swamps. 

 

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