The surfing crocodile at  Cable Beach.
The surfing croc at Cable Beach.

A laid-back, king of the pack cleared one of WA's major tourism hotspots at the weekend.

The "dominant" male crocodile, which experts say was nearly 4m long, shut down Broome's Cable Beach on Saturday as it surfed and lurked in knee-deep water.

Onlookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the reptile that stayed in about the same location all day. By Sunday, it had moved on.

Broome woman Sharon Scoble said she was amazed by its size.

"He was a big boy - his head was huge," she said.

"It would be all over red rover if he got hold of you."

The crocodile enjoys the surf. Pictures: Sharon Scoble

The croc did not show signs of aggression, but Ms Scoble said it was looking at people on the beach.

"I felt really humbled but you probably would not feel that way if you were out there on a paddle board or having a swim," she said.

Parks and Wildlife senior operations officer Dave Woods believes it was the same crocodile which had been spotted in a number of locations in December. He estimated it was 3.5m to 4m.

Mr Woods said the animal would be targeted for removal to the Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park, 16km east of Broome.


The West Australian

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