THIS is the terrifying moment a crocodile was seen lurking in the sea near a popular family beach.
The creature was spotted in the shallow waters by David Devine in Queensland, Australia.
The pictures show the huge four metre long reptile prowling yards away from the Fernborough Beach that was packed sunbathers.
David explained how he watched the croc drift for about five minutes.
“I just finished casting my line in when I noticed a log out in the ocean,” he told 7 NEWS.
“I thought, ‘that’s strange’. I had a closer look and I actually saw it was a croc.
“Just to see a croc out in the wild was amazing. First time I’ve ever seen one out here.”
According to local media, there were no croc warnings at the beach, but authorities have since installed temporary signs to warn locals of the dangers they pose.
Beach goers are also being urged to monitor the situation by downloading the QWildlife app.
It comes amid a number of croc related incidents that have already plagued the Australian coastline this year.
In February, a 13ft “monster” crocodile was seen eating a shark moments after a woman caught it on her fishing line in Cardwell, in Far North Queensland.
Leaving the woman “shaking,” it provided a stark reminder as to the dangers that the killer reptiles can pose.
Yvonne Palmer, who posted the footage on Instagram said: “I just caught a shark, which I couldn’t get back into the water because this fella was coming and now he’s going to come and eat it and I am going to sh** myself.”
A few months later, another croc appeared off the Northern coast of Australian coast – this time seen squaring up to a shark in a battle of the apex predators.
Drone footage shows the tiger shark trailing the croc for around two minutes, before the reptile quickly climbed onto nearby rocks to escape any conflict.
Photographer Duncan Brotchie said: “I’m just glad I wasn’t in the water at the time.
“It was pretty gnarly being on the rocks just 10 metres away.”