Crocodile attack Dugong Bay


A recent crocodile attack in Dugong Bay serves as a reminder that saltwater crocodiles are found in both fresh and saltwater.  This crocodile was photographed at “Favourite Falls” in Dugong Bay, emerging from a freshwater bath under a waterfall.  On a high spring tide the freshwater pools are innundated with saltwater, and schools of mullet, queenfish and bream sit in the shallow pools. The crocodiles are also in there chasing fish and quite often visit the pools for a freshwater wash. There are several large crocodiles in Dugong Bay including a 4m croc in the same area.

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A saltwater crocodile (Crocodilus porosus) slides into the saltwater in Dugong Bay. The crocodile had been enjoying a wash from a freshwater waterfall. (Annabelle Sandes)

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Turtle Falls in Dugong Bay at the end of the Kimberley wet season. (Richard Costin/© Richard Costin | Kimberley Media 2010)

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View over Dugong Bay from Horizontal Falls Adventure Tours' float plane. (Annabelle Sandes/© Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2011)


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A mixed catch of mullet, queenfish and bream from "Favourite Falls" in Dugong Bay. Crocodiles frequently enter the pool at high tide chasing these fish. (Annabelle Sandes/© Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2012)