WILDLIFE officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are investigating after a recreational fisherman reported seeing two small crocodiles in the Mary River.
The two crocodiles, each estimated to be around 40 centimetres in length, were on top of debris drifting with the incoming tide in the middle of the main channel next to Baddow Island.
The animals disappeared into the water when they were approached.
They were spotted on September 1.
A vessel based patrol of the section of the Mary River between the Bruce Highway bridge and Lamington Bridge at Maryborough is planned by wildlife officers.
Efforts to capture two confirmed crocodiles in the Mary River are ongoing.
A floating trap near Graham’s Creek was re-baited and a low tide vessel based patrol was carried out on August 26 2016 between the Lamington Bridge and the Barrage.
Fresh crocodile tracks were observed on the river bank near the Bruce Highway bridge upstream of Maryborough.
Members of the public are reminded to exercise CrocWise behaviour at all times. In particular:
· Obey crocodile warning signs
· Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
· Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
· Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
· Never provoke, harass or feed crocodiles
· Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
· Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
· Always supervise children
· Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.