Trap slammed shut but there are no Mary River crocs inside
THE Mary River's most famous resident has made another appearance, spotted sunbathing on the muddy riverbank.
The legendary crocodile, spotted by Maryborough sailor Patrick Grinter, made a quick escape into the water when it realised it had human company.
"It was quite happy until I got behind it, then it slithered off the bank into the water," he said.
But the boatman said he thought the croc was waiting for a mate, possibly stuck inside a trap set by rangers.
"It was only about 200m from the trap," he said.
"The door on the trap was down but I couldn't tell whether the croc had taken the bait and absconded or whether he was in there, lonely, waiting for his mate."
Rebecca Williams, acting executive director of the Department of Environment said the crocodle trap appeared to have been triggered by strong winds and tidal action, and there was no crocodile inside.
Residents who see crocodiles are asked to report it to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 1300 130 372.