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Forget the Loch Ness Monster, this massive eel has apparently just washed up by a lake in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Father Ethan Tippa claims to have photographed the odd creature next to a boat ramp on the vast Lake Macquarie and later shared the image on Facebook.

The photo has been shared by thousands of social media users across the world, with many speculating over what it could be and others claiming it has been digitally altered. Marine biologist Julian Pepperell told the Newcastle Herald she believed it was a nocturnal pike eel, which are common in NSW waters, but he admitted it was hard to tell how big it really was from the photo. “I think it’s definitely a pike eel. The head is very indicative of that species,” he said.

The Telegraph