Crocodile attack – Lizard Island

Issued: 24 September 2020

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating a report of an estuarine crocodile attack on a man, on 23 September 2020 in Anchor Bay – offshore from the Lizard Island resort.

It’s believed a man was bitten on the head and neck by a crocodile while snorkelling in Anchor Bay at about 4pm. He was treated at the scene before being flown to Cairns Hospital, where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A team of DES wildlife officers will travel to Lizard Island to attempt to locate and remove the crocodile. The Manager of the Lizard Island Resort has offered the use of two of the resort’s vessels to assist with those efforts.

All crocodiles that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

DES is reminding people that Lizard Island is known Croc Country and urge people in the area to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Further information on being Crocwise is available at: https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/crocodiles/croc-wise