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Man spots croc from waterfront home

Gary Butcher spotted a crocodile about 3-4m long swimming off the coast of his home at Beach Road, Dolphin Heads.
Gary Butcher spotted a crocodile about 3-4m long swimming off the coast of his home at Beach Road, Dolphin Heads. Luke Mortimer

GARY Butcher's waterfront home in Dolphin Heads offers breathtaking views over Sunset Bay - including some of its more dangerous but elusive inhabitants.

The 66-year-old grandfather spotted a crocodile "about 3-4 metres long at a guess" about 9am Wednesday.

He said it was swimming about 300m offshore, in Sunset Bay near Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club.

After advising the club, which moved swimmers from the water near the sighting, Mr Butcher wanted to spread the word further to make sure no one has a run-in with the reptile.

"We're living just down from the resort facing the surf club and we spotted the croc about 300m from the beach, heading towards the resort (Dolphin Heads Resort)," he said.

"My son first saw it with his own eyes, then I got out the binoculars and I could see it, the family all came out and seen it.

"Then it disappeared and we've been out here since trying to spot it again."

 

Gary Butcher spotted a crocodile about 3-4m long swimming off the coast of his home at Beach Road, Dolphin Heads. His granddaughter Tayla Butcher was hoping for another sighting.
Gary Butcher spotted a crocodile about 3-4m long swimming off the coast of his home at Beach Road, Dolphin Heads. His granddaughter Tayla Butcher was hoping for another sighting. Luke Mortimer

Mr Butcher said it was the first time he's seen a crocodile from his backyard in the three years he's lived there.

"But my two boys have seen it before and plenty of the neighbours have seen it," he said.

"It was kind of exciting to get my first sighting of it. We've had the binoculars out scanning the water, but I'm not sure how long he can stay under for."

While the crocodile may be a "local", Mr Butcher would rather his reptilian neighbour found another spot for a swim.

After the sighting, Mr Butcher said he "contacted (councillor and Eimeo surf lifesaver) Ross Gee" to warn swimmers in the area.

"There was a couple of young kids in the water and I really didn't want them around if the croc' came back," he explained.

Crocodile sightings in the Mackay region should be reported to the Queensland Department of Environment by phoning 1300 130 372.

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