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Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef we recently treated to a very rare spectacle when they came across a 1.5 meter crocodile swimming amongst the corals. While it is not uncommon to see crocodiles in rivers, creeks, estuaries and even out to sea, it is extremely unusual to find then so far offshore.

The creature was spotted on Agincourt reef which is about 40 KM from land.  It is believed that it was washed out to see by recent storms and then became lost.

Crocodile

One of the divers that encountered the crocodile said.

“Unbelievable, once in a lifetime experience on the outer great barrier reef, Quicksilver have been operating on the outer reef for over 30 years and this was a first. Yes, crocs are in these waters, but not 40km off shore! This little guy was about 1.5 meters in length and a long way from home, hopefully he finds his way back.”

A spokesman for the tour company that takes guests out to the reef daily said.

“We monitored the crocodile, which was away from the diving platform, but once it became active as an extra precaution, our skipper asked everyone to exit the water. It was certainly a unique wildlife experience for our visitors.”

Photo Credit: Chris Baker 

Photo Credit: Tourism NT

Adrian Stacey
Adrian Stacey
Scuba Diver ANZ Editor, Adrian Stacey, first learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef over 24 years ago. Since then he has worked as a dive instructor and underwater photographer in various locations around the world including, Egypt, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Saba. He has now settled in Australia, back to where his love of diving first began.
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