A four-metre estuarine crocodile has been spotted 10 metres offshore in Broome, prompting a warning for residents and tourists to be alert to dangers in the water.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) said people near Entrance Point, Broome port, Demco Beach and Town Beach in Broome should be cautious during the next few days.
“We are patrolling the area for any signs of crocodile activity and are prepared for the potential trapping of the crocodile if any aggressive behaviour is reported,” DPaW acting district manager officer Dave Woods said.
“People need to be cautious around the beach and waterways, and be extra vigilant in ensuring children and dogs are kept away from the water’s edge.”
Mr Woods said it was the 11th sighting of an estuarine crocodile in the Broome area since August.
“This is an indication that these occurrences are no longer isolated incidents,” he said.
“The department urges people not to be complacent.”
The Shire of Broome has closed the beach at Entrance Point and Town Beach, and warning signs have been installed at beaches.
Sightings should be reported to the DPaW office on 9195 5500.
Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act.
They live in coastal rivers and creeks, and can be found in the open sea and around islands.