Sunday, 5 November 2017

A lovely day in Cairns, roaming crocodiles, and a strange offer

The view from my newspaper reading spot, with Taylor Point in the center
We've apparently had a recent crocodile sighting at Trinity Beach, and extra warning signs have been placed along the beach. They've reopened the stinger net for swimming and there were a few people swimming. After wandering down to have breakfast at Fratelli's, I lazed at the end of the beach to finish reading the Saturday Paper.

I then headed over the headland to Taylor Point. On the path I passed two youngish boys, perhaps 13-14. "Would you like some of my salmon?", I thought I heard one say to me. "Salmon?", I queried. "Yes, salmon", he said holding what looked like a plastic cup of mousse. I declined, and remain somewhat baffled. I kept walking.

Taylor Point with Palm Cove, Double Island and Haycock Island in the distance.
Crocodiles don't spend much time out at the beaches. They pop out briefly when travelling between the rivers and creeks, usually at night. One such creek divides Trinity Beach from Kewarra Beach, and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has decided that a crocodile in the area (not necessarily the same one spotted at Trinity Beach) is large enough to warrant removal. A baited crocodile trap has been installed near the mouth of the creek.

The small creek near Taylor Point with a baited crocodile trap
We've had crocodiles in the news a bit recently, with the death of an elderly woman in Port Douglas early last month, another croc stalking people in Port Douglas, and a couple of crocs spotted off the northern end of the Cairns Esplanade.

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