Darwin swimmers get croc shock

Management at a pool in Darwin believe a crocodile was left there as a 'prank'. Photo / Thinkstock
Management at a pool in Darwin believe a crocodile was left there as a 'prank'. Photo / Thinkstock

Swimmers at a Darwin pool got more of a wake up than usual from their morning laps when a crocodile appeared.

Parap pool lifeguard Tim Dupe says he didn't notice anything unusual when he did his morning checks and opened the pool.

So it came as "a bit of a surprise" when someone told him there was a 40 centimetre freshwater croc in the shallow end.

"One gentleman came up walking quite briskly and said there's a croc in the pool," Mr Dupe told AAP.

Mr Dupe asked if the man was joking, thinking a rubber toy croc may have been left behind in the pool.

"He said no, it's alive, it's a real one," the lifeguard said.

"It is not what I usually find in the pool."

He fished it out with a leaf scoop.

"When I caught it in the net it snapped its teeth and tangled in the fine mesh."

He says it was probably a pet, left as a prank, as it was fairly healthy.

Parks and Wildlife Rangers have taken it away.

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