Cable Beach closed after two salt-water crocs sighted

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A crocodile warning sign at Gantheaume Point beach in Broome. Photo: Glenn Cordingley
Camera IconA crocodile warning sign at Gantheaume Point beach in Broome. Photo: Glenn Cordingley Credit: Glenn Cordingley

Cable Beach has been closed this morning following confirmed sightings of two salt water crocodiles.

Department of Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley District wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said a 3.5m crocodile was spotted near Gantheaume Point Beach and a 3m crocodile was also seen 1km south of the Cable Beach Surf Club.

“The Shire of Broome has closed Cable Beach, and Parks and Wildlife rangers have placed signage in the area,” he said.

“Department staff will conduct patrols today around Cable Beach and surrounds. The crocodiles will be removed if possible.

“We are urging members of the public to remain vigilant on beaches around Broome and waterways where crocodiles are known to occur.”

Mr Carstairs said it was important to report all suspected crocodile sightings to Parks and Wildlife immediately.

“As soon as we receive a report we can take action to monitor or remove it as soon as possible,” he said.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles live in coastal rivers and creek systems, and often occur in open sea and around islands. Estuarine crocodiles also move inland along major rivers, floodplains, billabongs and into freshwater, rivers, creeks and swamps, which are habitats mostly associated with freshwater crocodiles.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to the Parks and Wildlife Broome office on 9195 5500.

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