Update - Minjerribah crocodile investigation

Issued: 20 Jan 2023

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is continuing to investigate crocodile sighting reports on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island).

Rangers and wildlife officers have reviewed footage taken this morning and have confirmed it shows a dugong in shallow waters on the eastern side of the island.

Visitors and residents on Minjerribah are asked to stay away from beaches between Amity Point and Dunwich while the investigation continues.

Members of the public are asked not to launch private drones on and around the island until further notice.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Minjerribah is in Zone F (Atypical Habitat Zone) that is not typical habitat for crocodiles and beyond their typical southernmost extent.

This means that any crocodile confirmed to be present on Minjerribah, regardless of size, is targeted for removal from the wild.

The Department of Environment and Science will continue to provide updates to the public as any new information becomes available.