A family from Queensland, Australia, settled by the water to enjoy while a deadly creature swam just a few feet away. When they spent the day relaxing in the local river, the animal remained hidden thanks to nature and its camouflage:you can see the threat lurking in the photo?
Every day, viral content is the protagonist of social networks. Platforms that have such a wide dissemination power that they reach thousands of users in a matter of minutes. Within this almost infinite universe, a publication on Facebook stood out.
According to the story that takes up news.com.au, a visitor captured the image in Cape York, moments before the family run away from the huge crocodile who became his unexpected guest.
In the first instance, to be able to find the reptile in the photo, you have to look more closely, as it might look like a floating log. “I know we live in the country of crocodiles, but you always have to be vigilant,” the original post said. “A photo of a local family enjoying time by the River Wenlock, cooling off until a visitor shows up,” she specified.
Since the animal took advantage of its own camouflage characteristics, users viralized the snapshot in just a few hours. From their perspective, the family members were lucky. One even assured that there could be more crocodiles than what is seen.
The Queensland government has a campaign called crocwisein which it is recommended what to do in case of having an encounter with a reptile.
In order to enjoy the landscapes without affecting the ecosystem of these animals, it is crucial to stay at least 5 meters from the shore in waters inhabited by crocodiles. Likewise, it is requested not to leave garbage or food remains.
Additionally, bathers are urged to stay alert and do not leave your pets near the water. Other warnings include being aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean, staying away from traps, and recognizing that the smaller the boat you travel in, the greater your risk.
Added to this, 9News from Australia reported that GPS devices are attached to large crocodiles to determine why they congregate at the end of the coast of one of the most popular vacation spots.
The Queensland Department of Environment and Science would seek to learn the reasons for its movement up the Proserpine River, a short distance from Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
In statements recorded by the same outlet, Dr. Mat Brien, coordinator of the program, explained that estuarine crocodiles are very territorial. Therefore, when the population reaches its carrying capacity, the less dominant are often forced to leave the river and search for vacant territory.
In order to find where they go once they leave the Proserpine River, officials have left bait traps to attract the larger ones. Later, GPS devices were attached to the upper part of their necks. These artifacts will remain for at least 12 months.