A huge crocodile has been spotted in a small neighbourhood, with locals labelling it “Croc-zilla.”
Workers have begun a hunt for the monstrously big reptile that was spotted on Wedneaday.
Employees at Queensland port in Australia saw the large crocodile swimming around in the day.
It is reported to be no bigger than 2.5 metres and was seen in Townsville harbour near the waterline.
Shocking pictures show the predator lurking near a jetty, sparking fears for locals, reports news.com.au.
The Port of Townsville posted about the sighting on social media and labelled the saltwater reptile croc-zilla.
In a Facebook post, Port of Townsville Limited wrote: “Not really … a 2-2.5m estuarine crocodile has been spotted in the inner harbour of Townsville.”
“Our team have reported it to CrocWatch and a watch is current for nearby waters.
“If you’re out and see any crocs, call CrocWatch on 1300 130 372 to report your sighing.”
In September shocking footage revealed a mammoth crocodile lurking near a path where small children were playing.
The fearsome beast was spotted by a visitor walking along the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore.
A video shows the croc surveying his surroundings just beneath the water surface as children’s voices can be heard just behind the camera.
The creature then camouflages itself by submerging further underwater.
The footage was posted online on the Nature Society (Singapore) Facebook page which said that the video was taken close to the visitor path leading to the Sungei Buloh Bridge.
Last year, another large croc was found on the same stretch of path and barricades were then erected to prevent the deadly animals from coming onto the trails.
Officials advise that if anybody sees a croc they should back away slowly and remain calm.
The reptiles are more commonly seen in waters or at mudflats away from visitor routes.