A red aquatic animal washed ashore Monday morning on Australia’s sunshine coast and was taken home by a local woman who was curious about the creature’s identity.
Debbie Higgs, who said she walks the Mudjimba Beach every day, found the bright red animal and decided to tweet about it in the hopes of finding out its species, according to the Daily Mail.
Higgs said that the animal felt like a jellyfish and that it smelled. It also lacked limbs and notable facial features found on many other creatures.
“I had no idea what it was so I took a picture of it and tweeted it,” she said. “I had so many retweets and responses from people speculating what it was.”
Because of the attention she received about the animal on social media, Higgs decided to go back to the beach after leaving the creature the first time. She then brought it home with her
“It is about 25 cm long, so about the length of my arm. I had a tea towel in the car so I picked it up and took it home and put it in a bucket of salty water,” she said.
Numerous people have speculated about the animal’s identity on social media.
Some say they think it is a Spanish Dancer Slug, which is commonly found in tropical waters in the Indian Ocean.
No expert has been able to definitely determine what the animal is, though a spokeswoman for Queensland Museum said that some employees think it is a kind of sea slug.
“I'm not sure what to do with it now,” Higgs said. “I took it home in case it was something extremely rare or something. I'll probably hand it over to the aquarium if it is, otherwise I'll just take it back to the beach.”
Source: Daily Mail