Would you lie down next to this? Bizarre creature washes out of the sea to enjoy the sun
- A cat shark was spotted on the sands of Golden Beach in Victoria
- They are able to live in extremely shallow waters as well as depths of 2000m
- Cat sharks are harmless to humans and feed on small crustaceans and fish
A bizarre alien-like creature has shocked beach goers after washing onto the shores of a popular swim spot.
A frightening image of a cat shark was posted online after it was seen basking in the sun on the sands of Golden Beach, Victoria on Saturday.
And while the creature is usually found on the ocean floor, some species of cat sharks are able to live in extremely shallow waters for lengthy periods of time.
A cat shark (pictured) was captured on the shore of Golden Beach in Victoria on Saturday
The shark was spotted on the 90-mile beach camouflaged into the sand with dark grey skin and small black spots covering its body.
The post received many comments online with some people saying the sight of the creature was enough to turn them off swimming.
‘I can see why you wouldn’t go swimming!’ one person commented.
The post received many comments online with some people saying it was enough to turn them off swimming.
Others were concerned with how the shark arrived on the sand and said it should be put back into the ocean immediately.
‘Put back in the water you scum bags. What a pack of brainless fools,’ another wrote.
Some Facebook users were concerned with how the shark arrived on the sand and said it should be put back into the ocean immediately.
‘Something different’ the cat shark appeared scary to some despite its gentle nature
‘I’m not sure if this is a good thing… someone else spotted another one of these beached only a couple of weeks ago. What’s going on in the deep sea that they are surfacing?’ a woman said.
Others were in disbelief.
‘Yeah something different that is,’ one man said.
The peculiar looking creature gets its name due to the similarities its eyes have with normal household cats.
Cat sharks can live in extremely shallow waters as well as depths of up to 2000m
Cat sharks, despite their intimidating appearance, are one of few shark species that are harmless to humans.
They usually live on the sea floor, eating small crustaceans and fish.
They can be found all over the world in tropical climates, living at depths of up to 2000 metres.
Cat sharks often measure around 80cm in length but some are known to reach nearly double this.
Cat sharks are harmless to humans and feed on crustaceans and small fish