A saltwater crocodile has been spotted swimming in floodwaters through a far north Queensland town.
The 2.8m croc, affectionately nicknamed Jasper by locals, was swimming in water at Palm Creek near Rotary Park in central Ingham.
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The far north has been inundated from a trough associated with ex-tropical cyclone Jasper, which is lingering on the peninsula’s west coast.
There has been major flooding at the Daintree where river levels peaked at 15m, eclipsing the 2019 record of 12.6m.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) were sent to catch Jasper after videos emerged online of the reptile, which had drawn a large crowd.
“A wildlife officer was reviewing social media this morning and noticed videos of the crocodile resting in floodwaters in the middle of the town,” senior wildlife officer Tony Frisby said.
“Our experienced wildlife team mobilised from Townsville and conducted a site assessment when we arrived.”
Frisby said the crocodile was captured using a harpoon, that hooks into the animal’s skin but doesn’t cause any harm.
A saltwater crocodile has been spotted swimming in floodwaters through a far north Queensland town. Credit: Facebook
“The crocodile generated a lot of interest, and I’d like to thank local police officers for setting up a perimeter that allowed wildlife officers to get to work,” Frisby said.
“Using a harpoon is a direct method of capture and takes a lot of skill and experience to get close enough to the crocodile before the animal submerges.
“It was a fantastic effort by wildlife officers to remove the animal by harpoon without needing to set a trap.”
QPWS warned that people in flood affected areas “cannot be complacent”.
“The capture of this animal is a timely reminder that crocodiles can turn up in unusual places, including places they have never been seen before,” Frisby said.