Dusi croc spotted

2010-01-23 00:00

A 2,5-METRE crocodile was spotted yesterday, at the start of day two of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, after the competitors had set off.

Dusi chairman Cameron McKenzie confirmed the sighting by seven workers, who were dismantling tents at kwaXimba yesterday morning. He said the workers had spotted the crocodile moving from the shrubs into the water.

“When we heard about this, all the paddlers had already gone downstream. The only people left were the workers clearing the area,” he said.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesman Jeff Gaisford said he has not received any report about the recent sighting, adding that it is unlikely that the reptile would have attacked anybody.

“Given the fact that there are more than 1 000 canoes in the river and with all the noise, these creatures will hide. They don’t lie low and wait to attack people. It also depends on the size of the reptile because the bigger it is when encountering people, the much greater the chances are of it putting up a fight,” said Gaisford.

He said four traps have been set along the Dusi route, but that nothing had been caught so far.

“We set up those traps long before the marathon started. We urge people to make constant contact with us when ever they spot the reptiles so that we can keep track of the areas they are in,” he said.

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