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October 15th 2008
Croc warning slow

A close up of the crocodile Following our stories regarding the Cockle Bay crocodile and the information supplied by the EPA that the reptile was wired for satellite tracking, Magnetic Times questioned the department as to whether it could not have warned the public, via the local media, earlier, of the danger.

We noted that EPA Team Leader, Scott Sullivan, had said in a media release sent to us on Monday evening, "In the last fortnight, this crocodile was tracked moving between Cockle Bay and West Point on Magnetic Island's western side.

Since then the Department's media unit advised the following:

"While the tracking data shows this croc was moving up and down the island, I understand the satellite tracking data wasn't accessed and interpreted till late last week (as the relevant people were in Cooktown & Cairns


Croc warning slow
 
12 comments
 
Kylie Dodd
October 15th 2008
Hear hear George! A local sign at Cockle Bay, albeit tardy, is all well & good for those frequenting Cockle Bay. As a resident who takes almost daily walks to Retreat Creek and Young Bay near West Point, where my canine companions swim to their hearts' content, it is spine-chilling to think about. My husband & I have had conversations about the likelihood of crocs frequenting these waters but believed it would be known to locals and authorities, and therefore ourselves, if there were any in residence. A fine example of local knowledge and your publication proving more valuable than our tax dollars can hope to achieve.
 
crocodile dundee
October 15th 2008
crikey !!!!!
 
Rolf
October 16th 2008
George I was wondering why this croc was moving around so much (I'm told it was at Arthur Bay earlier today). Then it struck me!! Bloody obvious!! It's trying to find somewhere where there's decent mobile reception!!
 
Michael Deany
October 16th 2008
Why would one put their car keys in the bottom of Cockle Bay in the first place? I believe it is wonderful world and I would hate to see all the
 
David Ede
October 16th 2008
Dear Ed,

The Croc!

This is alarming given the number of people who visit the beaches at West Point in the afternoon and other locations that could be attacked by this creature.

We we could be serving up a very good meal for our Croc if it is allowed be around the Island as it appears at present. I can understand the Crocs being allowed to live in the Endeavour River wilderness. Everyone accepts that it is their area. But not the island.

This croc is looking for a new home probably after being made unwelcome in the Barratas and Bohle area by other Cros who have staked out there teritories.

I grew up in Bouganville an as a child was stalked on many occasions by Crocs. It is very disturbing that a tourist and residential location like Magnetic Island could become another tragic location if a croc is allowed to settle into the area.

In this case it is a very unwelcome visitor and should be relocated immediately before it becomes acustomed to living on the island with the rest of us.

I can only imagine the terrible stress and grief that the foldks who lost their loved one in the Cooktown area are going through. It is important that we make a stand and have the croc relocated to a farm or wilderness park.

David Ede
Concerned West Point resident and beach fisherman.
 
George Hirst
October 16th 2008
Hey Michael Deany, If you read my article closely I really wasn't calling for the croc's removal, hunting down or the like. I was simply making the point that had I been alerted to the fact that a large crocodile had been almost exactly where I had waded to the day previous I would not have waded in. And no I didn't put my keys on the bottom of Cockle Bay - they slipped out of a bag in the boat I had been in earlier and I needed retrieve them from the bottom of the boat.
George Hirst
Editor
 
Janey
October 17th 2008
Kylie, you wrote about your canine companions swimming to their hearts content at Young Bay and Retreat Creek. If your dogs are swimming there then they are also probably a problem to wildlife. Did you realise that area is also home to what were, last time I heard, the only pair of beach stone curlews on the island and a rare and endangered bird at that. Their numbers have been wiped out by dogs and other non-native animals roaming over dunes in that area and many other parts of the coast. Of course every dog owner says their pet wouldn't do such a thing but just by being there they can easily stress birds and cause them to leave.
 
Michael Deany
October 16th 2008
George, I know you weren't asking for the removal or such but is it not the next thing after a sign? Isn't it a slippery slope down that let us 'control' the wild life? As your readers wrote - a park or wilderness area or a farm (farm = food for us) - I particularly like the 'allowed'. George, tell me true - you would have left your keys to your car in a bag in the bottom of the boat if you had read a sign?

cheers
 
George Hirst
October 16th 2008
Michael, Its a sad old world we share with nature these days I know, but, really, if you think a sign is the first step on a slippery slope then what about a sign that says, "Slow down - wildlife crossing" or "Protected zone" from fishers - what are they? In my opinion they are just signs or messages and as we say in journalism: "Don't shoot the messenger!"

Oh, and as for those keys. Yep, I can say, hand on heart, had I known there was a 3.5m croc seen right there the day before, I'd be off for the spares

George Hirst, Ed.
 
Melitta
October 17th 2008
Michael, I note your comments and critisms and can only imagine that they are all in jest.... Maybe the people of the island should leave so the croc can remain. Now that its here why not invite the rest of Townsville's dangerous species to join us, close all beaches and BUILD more resorts with pools? I wonder what would have been done before Captain Cook arrived, the measures the indigenous would have taken... Eat it? Chase it? Feed it? Hang out with it? Sit on it? hmmmm.... the mind boggles
Probably enough skin to make a really nice bag with matching boots.
 
Gair
October 23rd 2008
Hi all. I have a slightly different concern. I understand that a Croc up north was relocated from its feeding ground on the North East Coast, to a new position on the west coast of Cape York - some 400km away. The Croc was tracked by GPS. After two weeks of searching the new area it gave up and swam straight back to its original hunting ground. I have no wish to alarm anyone, but it will prove an interesting exercise if this Croc is captured, relocated and monitored. Will it too return to the Island? Perhaps the EPA can advise of the likelihood? Perhaps the Croc should be relocated to a Zoo or a farm? It is possible that this is the only permanent remedy short of destroying the animal - and I don't think anyone wants to see that happen. Food for thought ( versus food for Croc :-) )
 
Otts
October 23rd 2008
Why hasn't anyone offered to erradicate this bloody thing? I lookslike it would make a fine set of luggage, and more than a few tasty kebabs.


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