News

Spot the freshwater crocodiles in Baffle Creek

BIG GIRL: One of the larger female crocodiles nicknamed Karli on the banks of Baffle Creek and a Gippsland Water Dragon in the foreground. Photo: contributed
BIG GIRL: One of the larger female crocodiles nicknamed Karli on the banks of Baffle Creek and a Gippsland Water Dragon in the foreground. Photo: contributed contributed

AS PART of his ongoing research into fresh water crocodiles in Baffle Creek, a CQuniverity student has started swimming and interacting with them in their environment.

In January, the NewsMail reported that environmental science student Leslie Lowe had set up infrared cameras along the Baffle Creek area to establish habitat range and population sizes of the Johnson fresh water crocodiles.

Mr Lowe said to date, 50m was as close as he had been able to get to the crocodiles.

"The plan is to get them used to my scent and presence so they will not perceive me as a threat," he said.

"The larger ones can be a little territorial especially in breeding season (August), but are generally very shy and evasive.

"It is an absolute rush getting in the water with these beauties."

Mr Lowe said he had not located any detrimental introduced species of fish such as Carp Tapia - which were decimating some of our river systems.

"This highlights the beneficial effect of introducing an aquatic apex predator into the food chain, maintaining balance and biodiversity within the ecosystem."

"Research at Yellowstone Park in the United States has proven the beneficial effects of reintroducing an apex predator the Timber Wolf which helps by removing feral animals from the ecosystem."

Mr Lowe said the Gippsland Water Dragon (pictured) could form part of the diet of fresh water crocodiles although they preferred insects and crustaceans at an early age and size before moving up to larger fish and birds.

"That photo also shows what is known as tail thrashing by the 2m female in frame, which helps in body heating but also, seems to attract curious animals like the Water Dragon," he said.

"Lucky he didn't get to close or he might have ended up as lunch."

Mr Lowe said babies should start hatching this month which would allow him to gleam insight into their nesting behaviours.

"Some of the nests have been raided by feral pigs in the area," he said

"The hatching event will provide more data on numbers and survival rates within the population."
 

Topics:  cquniversity bundaberg, crocodile, fresh water, offbeat




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

WHAT’S ON: Monday, June 28

FAMUILY FUN: Rebecca, Zoe and Bianca Shooks at the Flourish Family Fun Day and Welcome Baby Celebration event held at Boreham Park on Monday, 29 June 2015.
Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

FIVE things you need to know today

FACES OF BUNDY: Caitlyn cultivates dream career

CANE TRENDS: Bundaberg Canegrowers' Caitlyn Killick at AgroTrend.

Something different every day in role

Weekend police round-up: moped rider charged

BLOODY IDIOT: Police charged a man with drink-driving after he blew .196 on Saturday.

Man almost four times over limit

Latest deals and offers

Hey Mumma, what's tougher, full time work or being a mum?

HEY MUMMA: Kara with Jordan Darby talk about 'What's tougher - full time work or being a mum? Why? Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Kara James shares her view on what's tougher, full time work or being a mum?

Hey Mumma how important is me time for mums?

HEY MUMMA: Larissa Green with Isabella talks about 'How important is 'me-time' for mums?' Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Larissa Green talks about how important is me time for mums?

Hey Mumma whats tougher, full time work or being a mum?

HEY MUMMA: Larissa Green with Isabella talks about 'What's tougher - full time work or being a mum? Why? Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Larissa Green shares her view on what's tougher, full time work or being a mum?

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

CHEAP AS CHIPS: 6 Bundy houses under $199,000

Cheap houses being sold in the region