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Saltwater crocodile at Cable Beach

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to be on alert for a saltwater (estuarine) crocodile sighted today on Cable Beach in Broome.

Tracks from the 3m crocodile were reported at 6am today, and it was first sighted at 9.50am today on the beach.

The Shire of Broome has closed the beach, and Shire and Parks and Wildlife (Yawuru) rangers are monitoring the area. Signs have been placed in the vicinity of the beach.

Parks and Wildlife urges people and particularly children, as well as pets, to stay out of the water and away from the water’s edge.

If the crocodile doesn’t leave the area of its own accord, attempts will be made to trap and relocate it, or remove it.

Saltwater crocodiles are highly mobile animals that can move great distances over land and in the water. They are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

 

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

 

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