Beach closed after a crocodile lurks in the ocean just meters from swimmers

A woman has captured the shocking moment when a crocodile lurks at a distance from a few swimmers on a popular beach.

Joanna Henderson saw the reptile swimming against the tide near the Picnic Bay Lifesaving Club in Townsville, north Queensland, around 11 am on Saturday.

Ms. Henderson, a local resident from North Ward, told Daily Mail Australia that she regularly walks around the area and swims to Jezzine Barracks, but has never seen a crocodile there.

& # 39; That's the first time I've seen that close and the first time I've seen one, & # 39; said Henderson.

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A woman captured the shocking moment when a crocodile was spotted just meters from swimmers near Picnic Bay Lifesaving Club in Townsville

A woman captured the shocking moment when a crocodile was spotted just meters from swimmers near Picnic Bay Lifesaving Club in Townsville

After the news about the crocodile was broken, lifeguards updated the beach report report in Queensland on the popular beach with a warning for a crocodile warning

After the news about the crocodile was broken, lifeguards updated the beach report report in Queensland on the popular beach with a warning for a crocodile warning

After the news about the crocodile was broken, lifeguards updated the beach report report in Queensland on the popular beach with a warning for a crocodile warning

& # 39; I have been to The Strand several times a week and have never seen one before. & # 39;

The kindergarten assistant said she was on the popular beach with her friends from South Africa when they were startled when they saw the crocodile lurking in the water.

Mrs. Henderson said that it & # 39; Absolutely & # 39; a crocodile, but that was difficult to say at first.

It looked like it could have been a block, but as we watched, we could see the movement of the tail and jump the head out like the water, & # 39; she said.

She said that the crocodile – which she estimated was about 2 to 2.5 meters long – was very close to the shore, just happily bouncing up and down in the water.

"It was just beyond the yellow buoys stuck out," she said.

Mrs. Henderson said that many people swam in the stinger nets nearby, but the crocodile was not interested and kept swimming.

& # 39; I even went swimming this morning and did not think about it. He (the crocodile) was probably there too, "she said.

Mrs. Henderson said that the crocodile - which she estimated was about 2 to 2.5 meters long - was very close to the shore, just happily bouncing up and down in the water

Mrs. Henderson said that the crocodile - which she estimated was about 2 to 2.5 meters long - was very close to the shore, just happily bouncing up and down in the water

Mrs. Henderson said that the crocodile – which she estimated was about 2 to 2.5 meters long – was very close to the shore, just happily bouncing up and down in the water

& # 39; I was in the water just after dawn – in the net. I'm not sure if they would stop a crocodile. & # 39;

After capturing the images of the reptile, Henderson shared the video on her Facebook page.

A short time later lifeguards have updated the signs of the Queensland beach report on the popular beach with a warning for crocodiles.

Croc just looks at the Beach, Saturday, November 10 at 11:11 am … posting my video before the media posts it, & # 39; stated the Facebook title.

& # 39; All beaches are closed to swim along The Strand. & # 39;

I was impressed by the rapid reaction of the rescuers to close the beaches to swim to keep the public safe, & # 39; said Mrs. Henderson.

Visitors to the popular beach were surprised to hear the presence of the crocodile, but were not so concerned about their swimming plans.

Well, we went there and we saw the flags, then we did not know what to do – so we just went to the rock pools, & # 39; told a person 7News.

We would get a bit of a dip, but apparently not, & # 39; another person said.

The sight of the crocodiles comes one month after another reptile was spotted in Ross Creek at the Metropole Hotel, reported Townsville Bulletin

The sight of the crocodiles comes one month after another reptile was spotted in Ross Creek at the Metropole Hotel, reported Townsville Bulletin

The sight of the crocodiles comes one month after another reptile was spotted in Ross Creek at the Metropole Hotel, reported Townsville Bulletin

One woman said she was planning to take her child to the beach for Nippers, but after she had heard that she had come on the crocodile, she decided to postpone swimming.

The sight of the crocodiles comes a month after another reptile was spotted in Ross Creek at the Metropole Hotel, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

At that time, natural officials from the Department of Environment and Science confirmed that the crocodile was about a meter long.

Mrs. Henderson said, while the presence of the crocodile was certainly scary, it would not stop her from swimming in the area.

We live in paradise, but we only need to be aware of the crocs on their territory and respect them, & # 39; she said.

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