What a crock! Photo taken in Mexico not Urangan
A CLEAR image of a crocodile supposedly swimming in the Urangan Marina, which was circulated to thousands of people, has been exposed as a misrepresentation.
The Hervey Bay Independent published a story and a photo it received from local woman Teresa Dolman, of a croc she claimed was swimming in the marina.
It was reported the photo was taken on May 30, only two days after another sighting was reported to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
"The pictures everyone has seen have always been a bit sketchy but this one is clear as day, you can see his nose and tail and the wake behind him," Ms Dolman was quoted in the Independent.
An EHP spokeswoman confirmed the photo was not captured in the Urangan Marina.
"While EHP cannot comment on the specifics of this photo, investigations into a photograph published on a newspaper website on 11 June 2014 purporting to be a crocodile in the Urangan marina revealed it was originally published in 2008 on a weblog and reportedly showed a crocodile in a marina in Mexico," she said.
The Chronicle briefly spoke to Ms Dolman on Thursday and she said a friend had taken the photo but she couldn't provide any more information.
Hervey Bay Independent managing director Malcolm Quinn said the paper didn't know the photo wasn't taken here.
He was disappointed.
"I'm aware now - I was not previously aware of that, no of course not," he said.
Mr Quinn said the journalist who wrote the story had spoken to the woman who indicated she took the photo.
"We had no reason to doubt the correspondence we had with the source who provided the image - they are an upstanding member of the Hervey Bay business community," he said.
He said the paper had contacted EHP to make it aware of the sighting but he wasn't able to confirm if EHP had given the Independent any information about the legitimacy of the photo.
"At the end of the day, I think that it's important that it's in the public interest that it's corrected and that people are made aware that, that photo was not actually taken at the marina," he said.