Crocodile Incident – Haggerstone Island

Issued: 28 May 2023

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is aware of reports of a crocodile incident on May 27 near Haggerstone Island, off the coast of far north Queensland.

The reports indicate a male tourist was bitten on the hand while snorkelling about 28km east of the island.

Wildlife officers have commenced an investigation and will work with the people involved to obtain further information.

Crocodiles in the open ocean can be difficult to locate as the animals often travel tens of kilometres per day.

It is important that crocodile sightings and crocodile incidents are reported in a timely manner. We investigate all crocodile sighting reports that we receive.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to DES by using the QWildlife app, submitting a sighting report via the DES website, or by calling 1300 130 372.

The area around Haggerstone Island is known Croc country.

It’s important everyone in Croc Country practices “Crocwise” behaviour, in particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in all 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.