'The croc was as big as my paddleboard'
A CROCODILE "almost as big" as a 14-foot paddleboard closed Mackay Harbour beach yesterday.
Father of three Daniel Palfrey was paddle boarding at the Harbour outside the surf lifesaving club area doing interval training around the shark nets when he noticed something.
It was 10.30am and he was half an hour into a the session when he came across what he thought was a stick.
"It looked pretty large and I kept saying to myself... it's a stick... it's a stick," he said.
"Then I got closer to it and it kind of submerged and I saw all these ridges on its back."
The boilermaker said after that he would've hit a personal best record paddling back to the shore.
"I would've hit a good speed that's for sure," he reassured.
He said there were three girls in the water closer to the shore that he told to get out of the water on his way in.
The lifeguard on duty was then alerted and the beach was closed for four hours.
"It would've been at least 2 and a half metres long... I'd say almost as big as my 14 foot paddle board."
Even though Mr Palfrey did get "a little freaked out", he said it "was cool to see something like that".
"I just see it like I'm a visitor in their world.. it's their backyard we're just visitors in it," he said.
The lifeguard on duty said it was rare for crocodiles to come up onto the beach.
"We do see them swimming by a few times a year but they usually just go between the creeks, never the beach."
The lifeguard said the sighting occurred during a rising tide and that if it was hungry it probably would've done something.
All crocodile sightings in Queensland should be reported to CrocWatch on 1300 130 372.