Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » Tour operators resent ‘kidnap’ of popular crocodile

Home » Headline News » Currently Reading:

Tour operators resent ‘kidnap’ of popular crocodile

July 24, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Tour operators in tropical North Queensland are fuming over a decision by wildlife authorities to capture Gump, a popular female crocodile who has enlivened cruises on the Daintree River for at least 10 years.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) acted after the 2.5-metre-long saltwater crocodile approached someone washing their face at the Daintree Ferry boat ramp.

It’s possible the person took fright, looking up from their ablutions to stare into the eyes of a crocodile.

EHP rangers quickly captured Gump and moved her to a crocodile farm.

Operators, however, say Gump is innocent. They insist she’s harmless and see her capture as an unnecessary overreaction.

Gump was popular with tourists on wildlife cruises – which in turn made her popular with tourism operators.

Solar Whisper Daintree Wilderness Cruises operator David White called the EHP department’s response as “hysterical”. He told the Cairns Post he had observed the crocodile for a decade and she had never showed any sign of aggressive behaviour.

The sight of Gump fishing on the riverbank and “smiling for the cameras” was a cruise highlight for many tourists, he said.

The EHP took a different view, with a spokeswoman telling the publication that a man collecting his boat at the Daintree Ferry boat ramp had reported the reptile to the authorities.

The crocodile’s behaviour indicated that someone had been feeding it. It would continue to approach people if not removed.

Written by Peter Needham

Comment on this Article:

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Platinium Partnership


Elite Partnership Sponsors


Premier Partnership Sponsors


Official Media Event Partner


Global Travel media endorses the following travel publication