A man has been criticised on Facebook after he and two children were photographed wading at a crocodile-infested creek near Cairns.
An image posted to Facebook shows the man standing with his back to a young girl who was wading in shallow waters near Deep Creek, off Kewarra Beach, the Daily Mail reported.
The bystander who shared the image said the man had ignored his warnings about crocodile slides – the marks the animals leave on banks as they enter water – spotted metres away.
The photograph of the family was sent to a Facebook group and shared on Sunday, prompting scores of users to condemn the father who they accused of ‘rampant stupidity’.
‘I absolutely cannot fathom the stupidity of some people. This is at the creek at Kewara beach. Is he keeping an eye on his little girl? No.
Just after I took this the young boy went even further and got right down in the water. I could not believe what I was watching,’ they said.
The by-stander, who has remained anonymous since sending the photograph to the group, added that there was a crocodile slide, evidence of the reptiles slipping in and out of water, on its edge.
‘On the bank down into the water there is a very large croc slide on the embankment which happened yesterday,’ they continued.
‘He stated and I quote “No there isn’t” and looked at me as if I were the stupid one.’
Many comments were quick to share their disapproval of the photograph, with one remarking: ‘Stupidity is rampant… father should know better.’
Deep Creek, the small creek which leads to the beach, has been the site of a number of crocodile sightings and incidents in recent years, reports The Daily Mail.
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