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Croc sighted near Broome Port

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following sightings of an estuarine crocodile in the Broome Port, Entrance Point and Reddell Beach areas.

DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the large crocodile was spotted by members of the public on at least three occasions today and it was last seen in the Reddell Beach area close to shore.

The accurate size is unknown as the animal has not yet been sighted by DPaW or Broome Shire rangers but reports suggest the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous.

“People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between the Broome Port and Gantheaume Point,” Mr Stevens said.

Shire Rangers have installed warning signs at Entrance Point and Reddell Beach car parks, and the Shire of Broome has also closed Reddell Beach.

“DPaW and Shire Rangers, including the DPaW patrol vessel will continue to monitor the situation.”

Sightings of estuarine crocodiles in the Broome area should be reported to the local DPaW office on 9195 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. 

Media contact: DPaW Media 9219 9999