Jane Waterton, Vivian Thomas, Cleve Hine, Vernon Gurruwiwi and Akira Johnson say they saw the giant Mary River croc (right).
Jane Waterton, Vivian Thomas, Cleve Hine, Vernon Gurruwiwi and Akira Johnson say they saw the giant Mary River croc (right). Peter Chapman

Croc seen cruising town river

THE elusive beast that is the Mary River crocodile may have made a surprise appearance near the Maryborough Sailing Club yesterday.

A group of unsuspecting locals claim to have seen the giant croc cruising along the river, behind the Brolga Theatre, about 1.30pm.

Vernon Gurruwiwi said he first spotted the 3.5m reptile when it swam past a moored boat.

He alerted his friends, who all backed up the story.

The excited group said they watched it make its way upstream for a good half an hour.

Akira Johnson said at one stage the small group of friends were all standing on a picnic table to catch sight of the great creature, which has so far managed to evade capture by wildlife officers.

"We were all standing on the table and there were two carloads of people who pulled up to have a look," Ms Johnson said.

"There were about 10 of us who saw it," Cleve Hine said.

The presence of the giant crocodile in Heritage City waters was confirmed by authorities in early May, but there have been no reported sightings for weeks.



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