Cow Bay crocodile update

Issued: 19 Apr 2023

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has investigated the reported death and decapitation of a crocodile in far north Queensland.

On 12 April and 13 April 2023, DES received two reports from members of the public about a deceased and decapitated crocodile at Cow Bay, north of the Daintree River.

Due to the state of decomposition, it cannot be determined if there has been any human interference. It may be that the crocodile was decapitated (pre- or post-mortem) due to natural predation.

DES will continue its investigations should further evidence come to light, and this can be reported (anonymously if desired) to DES on 1300 130 372, or to Queensland police.