Like all marine creatures, crocodiles are a natural part of North Queensland’s aquatic environment and, while attacks on humans are rare, they can and do occur.
In the past 10 years there have been nine non-fatal crocodile attacks and a further five fatal attacks. Importantly, SLSQ continues to take a hands-on and proactive approach to better protect and educate beachgoers with the aim of significantly reducing the risks of further attacks.
SLSQ also plays a key role when it comes to shark management and prevention. This sees the organisation work in partnership with key stakeholders at all levels to deliver safer beaches, while educating swimmers about how to increase protection and minimise the risk of an attack.
On the ground, SLSQ’s lifeguards and surf lifesavers play an active and key role in shark safety, particularly as a front-line defence when it comes to monitoring Queensland’s coastline and responding accordingly in the event of a sighting.