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Bizarre ‘burnt blob’ found washed up on Kemp Beach on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef

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Bizarre ‘sunburnt blob’ is found washed up on an Australian beach – so do you know what the creature is?

  • A mysterious brown creature has washed up on Kemp Beach in Yeppoon, QLD
  • The ‘burnt blob’ is said to be a jellyfish, blob fish or clump of shark eggs
  • But users in the Australian Native Animals Facebook group can’t decide










A mysterious brown blob has washed up on an Australian beach, leaving viewers baffled as to what the creature could be.

A photo posted Monday to the Australian Native Animals Facebook group shows a ‘tanned’ bump sitting at low tide.

The unidentified animal was spotted on Kemp Beach in Yeppoon, on the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

While users made their suggestions on identifying the creature, eagle-eyed commentators seemed to settle for the fact that it was a tomato jellyfish.

A mysterious creature has been shared with the Australian Native Animals Facebook group, asking users to identify the brown lump (pictured)

The species is not fatal to humans, but can give a nasty sting if touched by beachgoers.

When the jellyfish washes up on the shore, it can sometimes give off an unpleasant odor – a natural deterrent for people to stay away.

One commentator compared the creature to former Parramatta Eels NRL player Peter Sterling, who donned the animal the “Peter Sterling fish” – otherwise known as a blob fish.

“I bet Peter Sterling loves that comparison,” added another.

The unidentified animal (pictured) was spotted on Kemp Beach in Yeppoon, in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef

The unidentified animal (pictured) was spotted on Kemp Beach in Yeppoon, in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef

The blobfish is part of a family called the fathead sculpins and is found in the marine waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, normally in deep waters ranging from 100 meters to 2800 meters underwater.

One user shared an image of a brown jellyfish that resembles the tomato jellyfish, which is very similar to the one found in Queensland.

‘Agree—a jellyfish for sure. Looks a bit burnt,” one user added.

Another commentator participating in the mystery believed it looked like a shark egg shell.

Eagle-eyed users have had their say, with some saying the creature is a blob fish, while others have claimed the 'burnt' clump is a jellyfish (photo, Kemp Beach in Queensland)

Eagle-eyed users have had their say, with some saying the creature is a blob fish, while others have claimed the ‘burnt’ clump is a jellyfish (photo, Kemp Beach in Queensland)

A small number of sharks practice “internal fertilization,” similar to the way humans reproduce with the male “claspers” in the female’s reproductive tract.

Sharks laying eggs outside of the female’s body is called ‘oviparity’ while the normal method is ‘viviparous’ meaning the eggs develop within the mother.

The eggs of the predators can come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the species of sea creatures.

“My first thought was the shell of shark eggs. I’ve been finding a lot of weird stuff lately,” the user wrote.

“I was thinking shark eggs too, but from what I’ve read/seen online they look more leathery?” added another.

While the mystery has yet to be solved, one person summed up the scenes and wrote, “we really do live on the most beautiful planet.”

WHAT IS A TOMATO JELLYFISH?

– Also known as the sea tomato, the tomato jellyfish is a non-lethal species of jellyfish.

– Although it can cause a nasty sting if touched, the species of jellyfish is not fatal to humans.

– When washed up on the beach, the tomato jellyfish can give off a nasty smell.

– Their diet is unknown, but close relatives suck up plankton species for food.

– The species was originally named in Malaysia.

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