Large Crocodile Spotted 'Surfing' in Australia's Cable Beach (VIDEO)
By Reissa Su | March 3, 2014 1:00 PM EST
Broome's Cable Beach in Australia was closed on the first day of March after a huge 4-metre crocodile was spotted "surfing" for approximately seven hours. Swimmers realised that sharks are not the only creatures lurking in the ocean.
The large crocodile was spotted around noon as the reptile was seen surfing in knee-deep water. Wildlife officers and rangers decided to close Cable Beach and kept onlookers away from the water at a safe distance. The popular beach has since reopened after the crocodile was nowhere to be seen.
Sharon Scoble, one of the beachgoers and an Australian photographer who saw the crocodile in the ocean, said the 13-foot creature seemed to be surfing in the waves. Ms Scoble said she was amazed at the sight since she usually sees crocodiles in wildlife parks. Spotting a crocodile cruising in the ocean's waves was "absolutely humbling" for her.
Local Parks and Wildlife officer Dave Woods said he thought the crocodile spotted in Cable Beach was the same creature that caused a similar disturbance in December. If caught, Mr Woods said the rangers will try to relocate the animal in Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park.
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Biggest crocodile sale in Australia
More than 50 crocodiles were put in the market since the owner of Wyndham Crocodile Park has decided to sell the crocodile farm. The former tourism site north of Western Australia has been on the market since 2013. Owner Mark Douglas had hoped selling the crocodiles would make it easier for the land to have a buyer.
Mr Douglas said the crocodiles may be worth $10,000 to $15,000 each. He said his crocodiles were worth a total of $100,000. He remarked that he wants to see the crocodiles live in a new home that's why he's willing to sell them at a cheaper price.
He wanted to sell the crocodile farm since it has been outdone by the Northern Territory when it comes to producing crocodile leather. Mr Douglas admitted that tourism alone cannot sustain the costs of keeping the farm.
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