VIDEO: Locals fear crocodile will attack children
Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have responded to numerous reports from members of the public who saw a large crocodile near Eimeo Point, a department spokeswoman said.
"The animal, estimated to be about four metres, was seen swimming towards Eimeo Creek from the northwest," the spokeswoman said.
"It then stopped 20 metres from the shore and remained stationary for about 10 minutes before turning and heading east around Eimeo Point towards Eimeo Beach.
"Recent warning signs have been deployed at Eimeo Creek and Eimeo Beach.
"The animal was not reported to be behaving aggressively and may have been moving through the area.
"Wildlife officers will continue to monitor the area while EHP considers whether to declare it a crocodile of concern and target it for removal."
Anyone who sees a crocodile is encouraged to report it as soon as possible to EHP on 1300 130 372.
A five metre crocodile spotted in waters off Mackay has prompted calls for authorities to take action before a child is attacked.
Construction workers spotted the crocodile about 20 metres off the beach at Slade Point on Wednesday morning.
Another local said the crocodile actually came towards him.
"We were catching crabs and a log was following us along the beach," Bruce Ellis said.
"It turned and came towards us and it wasn't a log and then it went underwater and swam away."
Brothers Ross and Brett Gee said they believed the crocodile should be relocated before someone was attacked.
The crocodile had been spotted at Eimeo earlier, near where there had been a world record attempt for the largest beach flag race last Sunday.
The crocodile was also spotted by Brad Butcher at Dolphin Heads earlier today.
"Anyone thinking of getting in the water in the Dolphin Heads area this morning beware!
"My brother and I just spotted a large crocodile heading south towards Blacks Beach," he posted on social media.
Brett Gee said he first noticed the crocodile on low tide, during the change of the tide.
He said it was only in about a metre of water.
Mr Gee said the crocodile was at least three and a half metres from 'his eyes' to his backside with the tail on top of that.
"So it would be five metres with a good foot and a half across his belly.''
He said the council should remove it immediately given children and fishermen used the area.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has been contacted for comment.
It is a state government responsibility to deal with crocodiles.
"If I see it on the beach I am going to go and try to catch it,'' Mr Gee said.
"They (the children) are going to get chewed by it.
"If the council are not going to catch it and relocate it, I've got no problem in trying to catch it.
"It will be a bit of a challenge anyway. Why not, you only live once,'' Mr Gee said smiling.
Ross Gee said a friend of his had been watching it sunbake at Eimeo for some time over the last six months.
"I got a warning call this morning at 7 o'clock saying it was coming out of Eimeo Creek.
"That concerns me because I live right on Little Eimeo Creek which is just around the corner.''
The resident who rang Mr Gee said it was coming towards Blacks Beach.
He said the fishermen at Slade Point had been 'chased out of the water' by the crocodile which was only about 10 metres away.
Mr Gee said the crocodile should be moved - or shot - if it meant protecting kids.
"I'm not out for shooting it but if a 55 cent bullet saves a child then I reckon it is a well spent 55 cents.''