Crikey! Cyclone washes up croc on motorbike track
UPDATE: It seems April Fools' Day has come a day early, with the "crocodile" being confirmed as a statue -- which explains why it's such a regular at the moto park! Nice one, guys.
THEY say motor racing is a dangerous sport, but when there's obstacles on the course like this one, it's a whole other level.
In a series of photos posted by Whitsunday Moto Sports Park today, the reptile is seen sitting in the muddy water on a grassy part of the track, surrounded by tyres.
According to comments on the post, the croc is a "regular" who hangs out in the drain and is spotted by spectators most race days.
But with the muddy, wet conditions it's no wonder the reptile ventured out of his drain and onto the damaged track.
The Whitsunday Moto Sports Park is near Goorganga Plains south of Proserpine, where a crocodile was sighted on the Bruce Highway earlier this year.
Shella Tada said her brother and family were heading back to Townsville when they came across the reptile on the highway near Proserpine.
"Not a good pic but it was a big sucka (sic)."
The sighting came after a week of heavy rain in the region, with the Goorganga Plains a known flooding hotspot and regularly cuts access on the Bruce Hwy, as it is currently.
Cyclone Debbie left a trail of destruction through Airlie Beach and Proserpine, and the Whitsunday Moto Park copped equipment all across the property.
"Track has taken a battering," their Facebook post said.
"Lot of clean up to do. Fortunately it looks like the buildings are ok and will have to see how everything else is when the power is restored. Sure we will be ready to race for interclub and the Whitsunday Gold."
Meanwhile, Queensland Fire and Emergency warned people to "stay out of floodwater" after a 1.5m bull shark was found washed up on a road in Ayr.