WATCH: Croc ‘bigger than the boat’ startles fishers
FOUR fishers in a tiny tinnie were jolted into action when a "massive" croc launched itself into the waterway.
North Mackay resident Sarah Raines was crabbing with friends on Saturday when the group noticed the four-metre reptile sunning itself on the bank of Constant Creek near Seaforth.
For Ms Raines, the chance to see the crocodile in the wild was exhilarating.
"We stopped to get a photo and we must have startled him," she said.
"He launched himself into the water."
Even for a crocodile enthusiast like herself, Ms Raines said getting that close was terrifying.
"He was bigger than the boat," she said.
"As soon as he was in the water, we were out of there."
Ms Raines said her party spotted three other smaller crocodiles that day.
Despite being a known croc hotspot, she said some people were dangerously casual while on the creek.
"We've seen a lot of young people who are very complacent about it," she said.
"They were even swimming in the water.
"You don't mess around in these waters."
She reminded fellow fishers to be aware they were sharing the creeks with crocodiles.
"You have to be super careful and sure of your surroundings," she said.
"I was surprised about how fast and quick they move. It's frightening."
Since the beginning of the year, 171 crocodiles have been reported to the Department of Environment and Science, with animals recently spotted at Funnel Bay and Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach, and the Mackay Marina.
DES recommends all sightings be reported to CrocWatch on 1300 130 372.