Crocodile spotted at Dusi finish again

2009-12-23 00:00

THE crocodile that has been lurking at the finish of the Dusi Canoe Marathon has been spotted again.

A group of canoeists from the Kingfisher Canoe Club in Durban’s Blue Lagoon spotted the reptile on Sunday afternoon.

Ray de Vries, spokesman for the Dusi organisers, said reports of sightings have been received from paddlers over the last two to three months, and that just four weeks ago, a farmer a few hundred metres up river of the N2 reported that he was nearly attacked by the crocodile.

“A paddler, Willem Deyzel from Durban, saw the crocodile on Sunday while practising for the upcoming Hansa Powerade Dusi,” said De Vries.

The crocodile, estimated to be two metres long, was spotted sunning itself on the bank a few hundred metres up the river from Connaught Bridge.

Deyzel said the animal has been there for quite some time as many other paddlers have seen it. Deyzel, who has paddled 30 Dusis, was amazed that when they approached the animal in their canoes, “it casually walked into the water until just its eyes were showing”.

“I have seen many crocodiles in my life and this one seems to be quite old. Its snout is knobbly and not as smooth as the younger ones’,” he said.

“We are requesting all paddlers to leave the reptile alone if they come across it and to report it to us at ­info@dusi.co.za, and we will report it to the authorities who will hopefully catch it before the event in 30 days’ time,” De Vries said.

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