Croc One Log

September 2005 - Torres Straits

Thursday Island Township
Thursday Island Township

After changing the history of crocodile conservation on our epic research mission in Princess Charlotte Bay, Croc One and her crew headed for the very tip of Australia. The Torres Strait Islands comprise 138 islands, only 17 of which are inhabited by people. The Torres Strait Islands are Australia’s northernmost wilderness areas, each with a unique heritage and culture.

Croc One cruised through the Torres Strait, which links Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is here, at the junction of the Arafura and Coral Seas, that the Croc One crew explored the tropical marine ecosystems and met some of the local marine species, including dugongs and turtles. The picturesque islands and cays gleamed amongst the coral reef.

Thursday Island is the administrative centre for the Torres Strait Islands. ‘T.I.’, as it's usually known, is the most popular of the Torres Strait Islands. It's only just over three square km in area and 39km off the top of Cape York. Thursday Island is now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia, and it holds some great Australian history. In 1880, Thursday Island acted as the defense centre for Australia, and evidence of this still exists in that the cannons remain in place. Thursday Island is still a popular pause for passing boats. It's an attractive and easygoing little place.

Thursday Island Cemetery   Wes and Shelley find a huge female Green Turtle stranded.
Thursday Island Cemetery   Wes and Shelley find a huge female Green Turtle stranded.
Croc One absolutely loves it up here.    
Croc One absolutely loves it up here.