A Queensland woman has found a mysterious “bleeding” creature on a beach.
The woman, who lives north of Brisbane, posted a photo of her find at Scarborough on Facebook on Monday.
“Does anyone know what this is?” she wrote.
“Found at Scarborough beach with blood coming out.”
People were left scratching their heads trying to figure out exactly what the creature was.
Some thought it could be something valuable.
“Looks like whale vomit and apparently worth a lot of money,” one woman wrote.
Ambergris, also known as whale vomit, is highly sought after as it's used to create perfume.
Unfortunately, the find wasn’t ambergris in this instance.
Others suggested it could be an alien.
“Alien cocoon,” one woman wrote.
“They are all among us.”
One man suggested it could be “frozen poo” from a passenger plane’s toilet.
However, only a few people were able to correctly identify it.
It turns out the animal is actually a sea hare.
Sea hares are a type of marine gastropod mollusc. Fully grown adults can weigh up to 14kg.
Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts, from University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences, told Yahoo News Australia the creature wasn’t bleeding either.
“It’s not blood but ink coming out,” he said.
Sea hares use ink to deter predators and can also produce slime.
It’s not known exactly what species though but Professor Tibbetts believed it could be a ragged sea hare or aplysia.
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