- A strange animal has washed ashore on Emu Park beach in Queensland
- Some believing the creature is a shark, while others are confident it's a seal
- A photo shared online has sparked debate over the creepy creatures species
Published: 00:21 EST, 18 December 2017 | Updated: 01:27 EST, 18 December 2017
The body of a strange looking creature has washed up on a beach in Queensland, leaving experts puzzled over what species it could be.
The bizarre animal reportedly has body parts consistent with both a shark and seal, and was found on the shore of Emu Park beach, near Yeppoon.
Local resident Justin Hill discovered the creature, and believes it most likely belongs to the shark family.
The body of a strange looking creature (pictured) has washed up on a beach in Queensland, leaving experts puzzled over what species it could be
He described it to be about 1.5 metres long with a 'very flat, round' head 'the size of a basketball'.
While his initial thoughts pointed towards it being a shark, he was unsure what type so sought opinions from members of the Yeppoon Families Facebook page.
With the animal having a set of gills and it's long obscure tail appearing to be 'eaten away' – more so on one side – commenters were confident it wasn't a seal.
One observer was particularly certain, writing: 'All those people who say seal mustn't do much fishing. Definitely a shark.'
The bizarre animal reportedly has body parts consistent with both a shark and seal, and was found on the shore of Emu Park beach, 21 kilometres south of Yeppoon Thursday
Veteran fisherman Scott Lynch also had a theory of why it couldn't possibly be a mammal.
'It is not a seal. It is most likely a grey reef shark. Seal has no gills for a start and a similar bone structure in their flipper that we have in our hands,' he told The Morning Bulletin.
But another social media user sat on the other side of the fence: 'That's just the decaying body. The tail is facing the wrong direction for an animal that has gills. Most definitely a mammal – seal.'
One person bluntly said, 'whatever it is, it's ugly.'
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