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Crocs are curious

Crocs are curious and clever. They might remember that they have seen people at a certain place many times and that this might be a great spot to sit and wait for dinner to come on by.

Salties can hide in the shallowest water and will charge up out of the water to grab prey. Even the fittest person with the best reflexes won’t be fast enough to avoid them. Sometimes dinner can be an unwary wallaby coming down for an evening drink but sometimes the crocodile might be waiting for you!

If you are going camping this weekend take all your water with you or collect it from a different place each time. Stay at least five metres back from the water’s edge at all times.

Be Crocwise when you are camping with your family.

Crocs can always see you, stay alert when fishing

Stay safe and stay alert while you are fishing, you never know who might be watching!

A salties eyes are close together and point forwards, meaning they can judge distance very accurately. They see extremely well during the day and night. They have a protective, transparent, extra eyelid which moves across their eye when they go under the water.  This means that they can see above or below the surface quite well.

A saltie has extra nerve endings on its belly and jaw. It can feel fish swimming past them in murky water and doesn’t need to see them to be able to catch them.

Crocs can stay hidden while they hunt, they can see you standing on the water’s edge or in the boat but you will not be able to see them.

Find lots of #becrocwise hints and tips at www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au

Things have changed since you were young

Commercial hunting of saltwater crocodiles started in 1945. Before this there were about 100, 000 crocs in the Top End but by 1971 there was only around 3000 left and they were almost extinct.

This was a huge problem because crocs are important to the culture of many Australians. They are also the biggest predator wherever they live making them important to the environment. Many tourists now come to the NT to see crocodiles and many people are employed in crocodile farms making crocs really important to our economy.

Salties were protected by international law in 1971 and since then their numbers have recovered. It is important to remember that things have changed since you were young. What was once a safe place to swim may now be home to a large saltwater crocodile.

Things have changed, #becrocwise

Baby Boy Born in Ambulance

Only days after Australia’s population hit 25 million people, a baby boy has become the latest addition to the country’s population, when he was born just before 3am this morning in the back of an ambulance in remote East Arnhem Land.

When going into labour, the 18-year-old mother was talked through her contractions by a St John Ambulance Emergency Dispatcher via phone, while paramedics were en-route to the community of Yirrkala.

With the help of the paramedics the young woman gave birth to a baby boy in the back of the ambulance.

Both mum and baby were taken to Gove District Hospital.

Higher-than-anticipated birth rates and mass migration have seen the country’s population increase to 25 million earlier this week – 33 years earlier than predicted two decades ago.

Wanuwuy Closure

We would like to inform residents and visitors that Wanuwuy (Cape Arnhem) will be closed for a period of six weeks between the 8th of August and the 17th of September. This decision has been made by the Traditional Owners for that country.

We are entering a period of peak turtle nesting activity, and would like to give the turtles and hatchlings the best chance of survival. Wanuwuy is a key nesting area for Green Turtles in particular, but this region is inhabited by six of the world’s seven species and all of these are listed nationally as vulnerable or endangered. An individual female Green Turtle nests approximately every 3 years, and lays 1-6 clutches of between 70 and 110 eggs. Only one in one thousand hatchlings survives to maturity, so we need to give them a helping hand.

We appreciate the inconvenience this may cause, and thank everybody for their patience during this time. Bookings for Wanuwuy can be made for after this closure period. Key Traditional Owners will continue to have access to this area during the closure period, but everyone else will be excluded.