Back when I ran as a part of my fitness training, it caused some concern in sleapy seaside villages in far north Queensland. I had concerned strangers turning up at our caravan last night inquiring about the perceived emergency.
People knew that my husband had gone fishing and they saw me running along the road doing one of my sprints (after I had already run several kilometres on the sand, which they had not seen), and they assumption in this lay back town was that the only reason an old plump lady would be running would be that her husband had been taken by a crocodile.
It isn’t the first time I have been greeted by blank stares when I said, ‘there was nothing wrong, I just run’.
How to be croc safe
Expect crocodiles in all north Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign present
Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
Stay well away from crocodile traps – that includes when fishing and boating
The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
Stand back from the water's edge when fishing and don't wade in to retrieve a lure
Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country
Report all croc sightings to EHP by calling 1300 130 372
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Joy in trained in health sciences and nutrition. She writes under the travel and seniors fitness writing pen name, Gray Nomad.
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