A journalist covering the flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie in Queensland, Australia, came across a shocking sight near the town of Ayr, about 8 miles from the coast: a bull shark in the middle of a road.
"We were pretty amazed," WIN News Townsville reporter Philip Calder told News.com.au. "We were turning up to shoot a flooding road; we weren't expecting to see wildlife as well."
— Philip Calder (@philipjcalder) March 30, 2017
The dead bull shark washed up Thursday morning on Rita Island Road near the Burdekin River, which saw moderate flooding after the cyclone passed south of the area on Tuesday. The flooding washed the bull shark onto the road where it died.
"There was only moderate flooding, peaked at nine meters in Burdekin River about an hour before we took the photo,” Calder told the Brisbane Times.
“The poor guy had obviously been trying to escape a torrent or something like that and had beached himself on the road.
“He was looking pretty clean and wasn’t decomposing, so [it probably] wasn’t there long.”
— Marcus Middleton (@MMiddleton_10) March 30, 2017
A few locals arrived with a knife to recover a shark tooth as souvenirs as the bull shark became the talk of the town.
Dangerous bull sharks are known to live in freshwater estuaries and rivers in Australia and one of them is the Burdekin River, which locals told Calder is "full of bull sharks."
"They never go swimming in it," Calder said.
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) March 30, 2017
And for the same reason, Queensland Fire and Emergency officials have warned citizens about staying out of the floodwaters, in which dangerous bull sharks have become a real threat.
"Think it's safe to go back in the water?" QFE tweeted. "Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater."
That's no joke. In January 2011, The Sydney Morning Herald ran a story about bull sharks being spotted swimming around flooded shops.
Considering some towns in Australia are currently cut off by flooding and water levels continue to rise, according to Sky News, it wouldn't be surprising to hear about more bull sharks showing up where they don't belong.