Surf’s Up! Saltwater crocodile is filmed enjoying a jawsome swim along Queensland’s famous Four Mile Beach as hundreds of stunned tourists watch on in horror
- A 3.5 metre crocodile was sighted off the coastline of Port Douglas on Friday
- Police were called to assist Surf Life Saving Queensland after sighting report
- Officers used a drone to locate the crocodile 20 metres from the shoreline
- The crocodile drew hundreds of tourists who lined up on the shore to watch
Published: 01:04 EDT, 19 July 2019 | Updated: 01:09 EDT, 19 July 2019
A 3.5-metre saltwater crocodile has been spotted catching some waves just 20 metres from the most popular beach in Port Douglas.
Lifeguards scrambled to close the Queensland tourist town’s popular Four Mile Beach on Tuesday afternoon, after the reptile was spotted taking a dip close to shore.
A drone was sent up and captured footage of it propelling itself through the choppy swell, not far from where families and beachgoers were relaxing on the sand.
A four metre crocodile has been filmed enjoying the ocean and surf off the coast of Port Douglas in Far North Queensland as locals watched on
At about 4pm on Tuesday local police were called to assist Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) Port Douglas team following reports of a crocodile swimming in the surf at four mile beach
Police travelled up and down the beach, warning people to stay out of the water.
The croc’s presence quickly became a tourist attraction, with hundreds of people lining up at a safe distance to watch it swim past.
Crocs are often spotted in the surf in winter and spring as they move between river mouths.
A police spokesperson said drone technology, having ‘eyes in the sky’, was an invaluable resource when ensuring everyone’s safety at local beaches.
‘We urge everyone to swim between the flags as this is the area in which our surf life savers are continually observing and monitoring,’ the spokesperson said.
‘If a beach has been closed due to a croc sighting, do not enter the water, stay clear of the water’s edge, and always follow the advice of lifeguards and lifesavers.’
So far this year there have been 350 reported sightings of crocodiles near populated areas around North Queensland.
The last fatal crocodile attack recorded in North Queensland was on October 12, 2017, in Port Douglas.
Since 1985 Port Douglas has reported three crocodile attacks in total, two non fatal and one fatal.
On Friday a number of people took to social media to view the footage of the crocodile.
‘You’d never know it was there til it was right behind you. How scary is that!’ one user wrote.
‘This is why we don’t swim anywhere up here,’ another replied.
‘Creepy how it disappears!’ another added.
Winter and Spring in North Queensland is a migrating time for crocodiles which use the ocean as an ‘inter-connecting highway’ to travel between river systems.
Winter and Spring in North Queensland is a migrating time for crocodiles which use the ocean as an ‘inter-connecting highway’ to travel between river systems