February 17, 2016 5:15 pm

What is this bizarre creature?

Ethan Tippa claims to have photographed this bizarre creature in Swansea, Australia, which some believe is a pike eel.

Facebook/Ethan Tippa

It’s not the Loch Ness Monster, but it certainly looks like it could be.

Ethan Tippa posted an image of an odd-looking creature to his Facebook page on February 14.

Some people believe that the image has been Photoshopped, while others believe that it may be a pike eel.

A pike eel

© Ian Merrington, DPI Fisheries//Australian Museum

The creature that Tippa photographed does indeed look like a pike eel, but about three times larger.

A marine biologist told the Newcastle Herald that it was likely a pike eel, but that it was difficult to get an accurate idea of its size from the photo.

“I think it’s definitely a pike eel. The head is very indicative of that species,” Julian Pepperell said.

Pike eels are found across Australia as well as Fiji, East Africa and Japan. And those long, sharp-looking teeth come in handy for the carnivorous nocturnal predator. They typically grow to a length of about two metres. As well, they can be quite aggressive when caught, which might explain why it was just left on the shore.

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