Beaches closed as croc spotted at Catalina’s boat ramp in Broome

Sam JonesBroome Advertiser
A croc was spotted just a few metres from Catalina's boat ramp in Broome today.
Camera IconA croc was spotted just a few metres from Catalina's boat ramp in Broome today.

A 3m salt water croc has been spotted just a few metres from a popular Broome boat ramp this morning.

Broome resident Tamyla Strahan spotted the prehistoric predator just a few metres from the shoreline at Catalina’s Boat Ramp at 6.28am before calling rangers who promptly attended the site.

In a statement, Parks and Wildlife Service Kimberley said the Shire of Broome had closed Entrance Point to Streeters Jetty to swimming and water-based activities for 24 hours.

“People are urged to be cautious and stay well away from the water’s edge,” the statement said.

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“Your safety is your responsibility, be crocwise.”

Named after the Catalina Flying Boat wrecks, six of which are visible at tides less than 0.86 metres, the ramp is used by fishermen to launch their dinghies to go up Crab Creek at high tide.

In November 2019, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Park and Wildlife Service Kimberley warned the public of a 1.8m croc in the same location.

Traps were later installed however it’s unclear if the reptile was caught.

To assist with management of crocodiles in the Broome town area, sighting should be reported to Parks and Wildlife Service Broome on 9195 5500

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