Crocodiles & Dugongs
Visiting anglers will have the opportunity to spot both these prehistoric creatures during their angling expeditions. Large crocodiles can be seen basking on the open mud flats mainly during winter. The saltwater estuarine crocodiles of Hinchinbrook Channel are fully protected and do not pose a danger while on guided tours where all the correct procedures are followed. In most cases we find it hard to get close for photos before they slide off into the water. The crocodiles diet is mainly fish and mud crabs that are prolific in the mangrove forests.
The area around Hinchinbrook Island is declared a Dugong (relative of the Manatee) protection zone where all gill netting was banned many years ago when it was established there was a link between gill netting and dugong deaths. Recommended speed zones are in place throughout the protection area. And our fishing movements are at all times Dugong aware.
Dugongs have a life span of 70 years or more and do not bear young until between 10 and 17 years old. Adult dugongs grow to three meters long and weigh up to 400kg and have poor eyesight.
The Dugongs main diet is sea grass that is sucked from the seabed with a vacuum shaped mouth a bit like their nearest terrestrial relative the elephant. On many occasions while using the stealth of electric thruster a Dugong can be viewed surfacing for air right beside the boat.
The sightings of both these creatures plus sea turtles, dolphins and the diverse bird life will greatly enhance and compliment your angling adventures in the Hinchinbrook Wilderness.