Monster 12-foot croc spotted off Burnett Traffic Bridge
A CROCODILE has been spotted in the Burnett River.
A Bundaberg woman, who goes by her Facebook username Jaye Misstery and didn't want her real name revealed, claimed she saw a 12 foot croc in the river while driving over the Burnett Traffic Bridge this morning.
The NewsMail spoke to Jaye, who said she was in complete shock over the sighting.
"We were just driving along the bridge and I looked down as we were coming out of town and there were little ripples in the water and the crocodile surfaced," she said.
"He was surface swimming up the centre of the river and had his nose out of the water."
Jaye said her husband Jeff also saw the croc.
"I told him to quickly look so he leaned over a bit and said, 'Oh yep that is definitely a crocodile." she said.
Jaye said the pair drove down to the bank to get a closer look but the croc had disappeared.
"We couldn't see it again but there was a boat in the middle of the river that we thought to call out to warn them but they were too far away," she said.
"We don't want to push it under the rug because people get complacent and it is a worry. People disregard what's in the river until something terrible happens."
Jaye said she contacted council who confirmed it received a report of a sighting.
"While this is not a council matter, to assist the resident, the customer service officer who took the call recorded the information and passed the resident's details on to the relevant authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife, who advised that they would speak with the resident regarding the reported sighting," a council spokesperson said.
Owner of Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo Ian Jenkins said a crocodile in the Burnett River was an uncommon occurrence but definitely not impossible.
"Authorities have removed two from the Mary River and are trying to track another two which were sighted," he said.
"If they are in the Mary River, they could be in many other river catchments including the Burnett River."
Mr Jenkins said saltwater crocodiles were often solitary animals that stayed where they were well fed.
"They tend to do their own thing. If one croc is sighted it doesn't necessarily mean there will be more," he said.
Saltwater male crocodiles can grow up to five metres and weigh up to 900 kilograms.
Elliott Heads crocodile?
In January this year, a local man claimed he had a photo showing a large crocodile sunning itself at Elliott Heads.
Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden, who patrols at Elliott Heads, also said crocs were a possibility, but a very minimal one.
"It's certainly a possibility but I'd have to say it'd be very doubtful," he said.
No longer a Baffling mystery
In 2014, a study confirmed that fresh water crocodiles were residing in Baffle Creek.
CQUniversity environmental science student Leslie Lowe said the ongoing study involved setting up infrared cameras along the Baffle Creek area, to establish habitat range and population sizes of the Johnson fresh water crocodiles.