Queensland Fire and Rescue tweeted an image, along with a warning.
“Think it’s safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater.”
Cyclone Debbie knocked out power to thousands when it slammed ashore with winds up to 260km/h (160mph) on Tuesday. The powerful cyclone brought widespread disruption to the area including flash flooding. Thousands of people had to flee their homes and some are still without power.
The WIN News reporter Philip Calder told News Corp that he was in the town of Ayr to shoot video of a flooded road and couldn’t believe it when he came across a shark in a puddle. He said the shark was “the talk of the town” and many local people had turned out to touch it.
“He must’ve gotten caught in a torrent and confused, beached himself on the side of the road,” Mr Calder told news.com.au.
“We were pretty amazed, we were turning up to shoot a flooding road, we weren’t expecting to see wildlife as well.”
Bull sharks are common in the area, with many of them living in nearby creeks and rivers. The sharks can survive in both saltwater and freshwater and can travel far up rivers. Alongside great whites and tiger sharks, bull sharks are aggressive in nature and are the most likely to attack humans.