Parksand Wildlife ranger Tom Nichols is set to trap one of Darwin’s nudist beaches in the hope of catching a crocodile that was apparently seen stalking sunlovers. The saltwater croc, which is reported to be about 2mlong, was spotted yesterday by a ranger at the northern end of Casuarina Beach, at the mouth of Sandfly Creek.
According to news reports, the animal was seen going out the mouth of Sandfly Creek and going out to sea right at the top end of the nudist beach. Beachgoers are warned to be careful. As well as being a haven for nudists, the beach is popular with walkers.
Casuarina beach has been subject to crocodiles charging walkers recently.
Salties, as they are affectionately known, are the largest crocodilians on Earth, areexcellent swimmers and have often been spotted far out at sea.
Photo: National Geographic
According to statistics on the National Geographic website, the population of salties is estimated from 200,000 to 300,000 worldwide, and theyare considered at low risk for extinction.
However, their hides arevalued above all other crocodilians, and illegal hunting, habitat loss,and antipathy toward the species because of its reputation as aman-eater continue to put pressure on the population.