It was social media fodder that was too good to be true.
The Queensland Premier’s post asking viewers to spot the “surprise” danger lurking in the aftermath of floods in a devastated Cape York community attracted thousands of reactions.
“I took this from the air in Wujal Wujal,” Steven Miles wrote.
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“Check out what used to be the town splash park. It’s full of mud — but that’s not the surprise.
“Zoom in to see.”
The aerial photo of a section of the community showed mud completely covering the grounds of the park, while water features appear to remain intact.
The Queensland Premier posted this photo challenging viewers to spot the hidden ‘surprise’. Credit: Facebook
Queenslanders warned to brace for more wild weather
What caught they eye of Miles — as well as his most observant followers — was what appeared to be a large crocodile inside the park grounds.
“I’m in FNQ checking on our ongoing work to help communities like Wujal Wujal recover from Cyclone Jasper,” the premier said.
“We won’t rest ’til it’s done and the crocs are back where they belong.”
But locals were quick to point out this croc does not pose a danger: It’s fake, a plastic ornament for kids to play on.
Local authorities have confirmed to 7NEWS.com.au the croc is not real.
“Looks like the Premier should have gone to SpecSavers,” Cairns-based federal MP Warren Entsch said on Facebook.
“He won’t be putting this croc back in the river — it’s a statue!
“I’m all for croc safety but lets deal with facts, not fantasy. Hopefully locals will get a bit of a comedic relief in these challenging times.”
A croc entering the community in the aftermath of the natural disaster is not out of the realms of possibility, however.
A crocodile was seen inside the splash park in Wujal Wujal. There was just one problem. Credit: Facebook
Wujal Wujal Council chief executive Kiley Hanslow told Cape York Weekly last month “crocodiles (were) up on community streets now” soon after the town was flooded.
The community was among the worst-hit by Jasper. The cyclone hit on December 13, causing record rainfall and flooding that forced almost 300 people to be relocated by Australian Defence Force helicopters to Cooktown.
One home in the community was destroyed, 15 had severe damage and 50 were moderately damaged.
And the region is on edge again, with far north residents warned they must prepare for more wild weather as an emergency alert was issued on Friday.
Areas of Port Douglas, Mossman and Newell Beach reached level four water restrictions on Friday after a water main was damaged by rainfall overnight.
Wujal Wujal was hammered by Cyclone Jasper. Credit: Queensland Police Service
“We can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone to respect the new restrictions to protect our already vulnerable water supply,” acting Douglas Shire Council CEO Scott Mason said.
The council has issued a travel warning, with all roads north of the Daintree River now closed due to landslips and rockfalls.
Water restrictions and further warnings come following heavy rain and possibly another cyclone looming for the region.