Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Just What Is It? Seal or Shark?

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Just What Is It? Seal or Shark?

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IS IT A shark? Is it a seal?

Speculations have continued into what the creature was that washed up deceased on Emu Park beach on Thursday morning.

Earlier in the week The Morning Bulletin reported online comments of what others thought it was.

Morning Bulletin fishing columnist Scott Lynch said:

"It is not a seal. It is most likely a grey reef shark. Seals have no gills for a start and a similar bone structure in their flipper that we have in our hands."

Jim Warren, from the Yeppoon Coast Guard, has bitten back at this claim.

"It looks too different to me, it looks to me to be a seal," he said.

"It's a bit unclear to analyse as parts of the body are mangled.

"It looks like the neck has been chewed," Mr Warren said.

"It has flippers and the horizontal tail."

Mr Warren said he is 99 per cent sure it isn't a shark. …

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