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Croc sighted at Pelican Point, Carnarvon

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people within the vicinity of Pelican Point to be cautious following the reported sighting of an estuarine crocodile swimming in the waters of the Carnarvon Fascine.

DPaW Geraldton District Manager David Rose said although it was very unusual for an estuarine crocodile to be this far south, it was possible and he urged residents and tourists to be extra careful when near the area in the next few days.

The crocodile was sighted yesterday by a local kite surfer about 100 metres from mangroves near Pelican Point, a popular recreation area.

"DPaW is working with local police, the Shire of Carnarvon and the Department of Fisheries to try and locate the crocodile," he said.

"We are patrolling the area for any signs of crocodile activity and are prepared for the potential trapping of the crocodile if sighted.

"People need to be cautious around the beach and waters, and be extra vigilant in ensuring children and dogs are kept away from the water's edge."

Sightings of crocodiles in the Carnarvon area should be reported to the local DPaW office on 9941 3754.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles 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.

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