Red Cone Creek croc

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      Jean Genie
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      The croc that owns Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek has become very active and menacing. We had a close call recently. When we went to leave the falls, a croc was resting its head on the ledge next to our dinghy watching us at the falls. To our relief, and unbelievable timing, True Norths tender came in to the falls, and this allowed us to board our dinghy. As we were leaving the croc attacked and bit another of True Norths tenders in the stern, luckily for us we were on the opposite side of the tender. I have a lot of croc stories but this is by far the most worrying. I very rarely write in blogs or forums, however I felt that the cruising world should be informed about this croc that is no longer fearing human activity. For 7 years I had an ally dinghy and this is the first and last time I will use a rubber teething ring. Ken

       

       

       

       

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    • #3376
      Jopalli
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      Hi Ken, This may be the only croc that has give you a worry in that one place but it’s the same all along the coast now, almost no croc is scared of people. Used to have to worry about getting in the water with them, now you have to worry about them getting in the boat with you ! We do spend a lot of time along the Kimberley coast but it’s now been 3 times that one has jumped out of the water and attempted to grab me and I’m talking about being in a 6m trailcraft, not a dinghy. The largest missed by perhaps 5 seconds and we have a large set of teeth marks on the metal shade support to prove it. If I hadn’t happened to look down and see it I’d have been a gonner, as I jumped into middle of boat it flew out of water at me, really scary. On top of that there has been many times when they have come close for a look. You can no longer trust you are safe just because you are in a boat and it’s getting worse every year as they grow larger and more of them and they have no fear at all of people !!  We are now much more careful then we were 10 years ago, cheers, Anne

       

      • #3377
        Jean Genie
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        Yes Anne I agree with you, they are becoming a problem. I put up this post to explain to people how bad this could have been. And now your story adds to the serious problem that is developing. I wrote the post to try and get the story to new travellers in the Kimberley. It is difficult to get people to understand what is at stake. They. don’t see any crocs so they dont see a problem. But the crocs have seen them. And the one you can’t see is the one to worry about. Ken

         

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