Mornington Island could be home to rare white crocodile

Whitey apparently confirmed: An example of an albino crocodile which is not confirmed to be Whitey himself. Photo: contributed.

Whitey apparently confirmed: An example of an albino crocodile which is not confirmed to be Whitey himself. Photo: contributed.

IT’S been rumoured to exist for years in the Gulf of Carpentaria but the existence of “Whitey” the rare albino crocodile has been confirmed. 

The crocodile was seen by Mornington Island resident Frank Watt in the town water supply, a five hectare dam, according to the Mornington Shire Council. 

Whitey’s length is believed to be about seven foot long. 

Locals speculate its condition is either caused by sunburn or a rare genetic condition. 

Crocodile farmer John Lever told ABC that because it was a drought year, crocodiles were more likely to be running out of water and could be exposed to sun burn. 

“Council (are) urging residents to be very careful around the dam – a popular place to walk to the dog to, spot wildlife and watch local sunrises,” a council spokeswoman said. 

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