Big saltie spotted near the Lowie

Visitors swimming at the reserve late last month said they did not know about the Crocwise warnings.
Visitors swimming at the reserve late last month said they did not know about the Crocwise warnings.

A big saltwater crocodile has been spotted near the popular swimming spot at the Low Level Reserve at Katherine.

Parks and Wildlife said its wildlife operations team have had a confirmed sighting of a 3.5m saltwater crocodile behind Novus Quarry - about 2.5 kilometres from the Low Level bridge in Katherine.

“Crocodiles move around all year, however sightings can become more common at this time of year as the breeding season has commenced and they are looking to establish new territory and mates,” a Parks spokesman said.

Parks rangers have been specific this year about warning people not to swim the low level because of the large numbers of salties capture this year which had moved upstream near this area.

“Saltwater Crocodiles are dangerous and live in both saltwater and freshwater areas of the Northern Territory.

“You should Be Crocwise whenever you are near or in a waterway in the Top End and should never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitat.”