The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has scaled back the search following a possible crocodile sighting report on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island).
The search, which began on Wednesday 18 January 2023, continued over the weekend with spotlight searches, vessel-based searches, the use of drones and a helicopter survey.
Although there have been a number of possible sightings since the initial sighting was reported investigations to date have not been able to confirm the presence of a crocodile.
However, numerous dugongs have been sighted in those areas.
Although the sighting report was unusual, as Minjerribah is not considered to be typical crocodile habitat, the department investigates all crocodile sightings, regardless of the location in Queensland.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to the department through the QWildlife app or by calling 1300 130 372. It is important that all crocodile sightings are reported in a timely manner.
A key finding from the department’s Queensland Estuarine Crocodile Monitoring Program 2016–2019 found the distribution of crocodiles in Queensland has not changed over time.
No evidence was found of a southward expansion of their range, which begins at the Boyne River south of Gladstone, and extends northward, up the east coast and across far north Queensland.
Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Minjerribah is in Zone F (Atypical Habitat Zone).
This means that any crocodile confirmed to be present on Minjerribah, regardless of size, is targeted for removal from the wild.