Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Fisherman Shocked; Claw Indentations in Mud Were Deep

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Fisherman Shocked; Claw Indentations in Mud Were Deep

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Clementine

Norton

clementine.norton@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

IN HIS 30-year career as a commercial fisherman, Kevin Greenhalgh has heard plenty of tall tales and shared a few of his own.

But when the Tinana man spotted a massive croc on the banks of the Mary River, it was not just another whopper.

Mr Greenhalgh said he was shocked after coming across the crocodile when taking his boat down the river near Brothers Island at Beaver Rock on Monday.

aHe was just sunning himself on the bank a a creature that size doesn't move that quickly,a he said.

aHe didn't see me or smell me at first because the wind was blowing the other way.

aWhen he saw me looking at him, he just slipped into the water and I never saw him again.a

Mr Greenhalgh might have been tempted to think the 3.5m reptile was just a figment of his imagination, except for a few tell-tale signs.

aHe left marks on the mud; the indentations where his claws went into the mud were pretty deep,a he said. …

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