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Animal washed up on Australian beach ET?

While nearby Tasmania is home to the world's strangest animal platypus, this one is even stranger with a reptilian-like skull, flabby limbs, a long tail and claws

A mysterious animal has washed up on a busy beach in Queensland in Australia, stunning people who have never seen something like this. A local resident Alex Tan posted a photo of the animal on his Instagram handle. While nearby Tasmania is home to the world’s strangest animal platypus, this one is even stranger with a reptilian-like skull, flabby limbs, a long tail and claws. A platypus is a mammal.

Alex said he discovered the animal on the shore of the Maroochydore beach during his morning walk.

“I’ve stumbled across something weird,” the Instagram user is heard saying in the video. “This is like one of those things you see when people claim they’ve found aliens,” the man says. He then pans the camera to show the creature. Flies are seen crawling on the motionless animal and buzzing around it.

Alex described the creature as some kind of a “de-haired” possum but added that it was “different to anything” he had seen before. “Extra-terrestrial,” he exclaimed as the video ended.

Some people who commented on the post tagged wildlife experts like Australian legend Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi for their opinion on what the creature is. A few commented it looked like a wallaby.

Australian beaches are not to seeing strange animals wash up. A strange blob-like was discovered last month at the Warriewood Beach in Sydney. The locals were shocked to see the brain-like creature, which was later identified as sea anemone.

In July 2020, environmental conservation organisation SCF Australia posted the photo of a translucent jellyfish lookalike on Facebook, asking users to identify it. Some users later identified it to be a type of nudibranch or sea slug.

In terms of evolution, a part of the earth that is far removed from other habitations develops unique fauna. Even when an island gets separated from a large of land, over thousands of years, it witnesses animals and plants not seen in the nearby landmass it had once separated from. Tasmania has some creatures that Australia, which it broke away from, does not have.

Expert view on the animal

University of Queensland associate professor Stephen Johnston agreed with Mr Tan.

“After consultation with my colleague Heather Janetzki from the Queensland Museum we are pretty sure that it is a swollen, waterlogged brushtail possum who has lost its fur,” he said.

“The skull and hindlimb give the clues. The animal was probably washed down into the ocean during the floods,” the scientist said.

The brushtail possum is very common throughout Australia but is mostly found along the east coast.

The possum is found also in New Zealand and gained fame in Sydney for becoming so well adapted to urban living that it will approach people.

It is a nocturnal animal whose diet is made up of leaves, blossoms and fruit.

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