Bull Shark Spotted Swimming Near Man's Back Yard During Flash Floods
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A photo shows the fin of the animal poking out from the flood waters, which had spread into someone's back yard in the Gold Coast suburb of Burleigh Waters.
It also illustrates just how much the water levels had risen in the area - with a portion of the property's fence visibly submerged.
The snap was posted on the Gold Coast Community Facebook group, where a local explained the shark had been spotted in their back yard.
"Another wild day on the Gold Coast," they wrote.
"Bull Shark in the backyard at Burleigh Waters."
The post has been shared 2,400 times and has 1,100 comments - with one person writing: "Omg - absolutely terrifying."
Another said: "No thanks."
A third said the whole scenario was a 'Big no', while a fourth joked: "Fine I won't go back home."
According to News.com.au, it is believed the shark had found its way into a canal in Burleigh Waters, which had swollen its banks after heavy rainfall.
The outlet reports that, in the last 24 hours, Burleigh Waters had been pelted with 104mm of rain.
Queensland's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday for the state, including the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and the Scenic Rim areas.
Severe weather evident on the radar with Severe Thunderstorm Warnings current for Sunshine and Gold Coasts and Hinterland, Scenic Rim and southern Border Ranges. Reports of flash flooding on Gold Coast. Follow @QldFES advice. #QLDweather warnings: https://t.co/EfZUqpPqHN pic.twitter.com/SpTr3vrjHy
- Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) December 17, 2020
It predicted storms with heavy rain, which could result in flash flooding, along with further intense periods of rain in the afternoon.
A later update said 'severe storms and localised damaging wind gusts' were possible in southern Queensland, where the Gold Coast is located,
In a tweet updating locals on the weather forecast for the festive period next week, the BOM also said there was still some 'uncertainty' as tropical activity increased.
"Christmas Day forecasts are out and while there's still uncertainty as tropical activity builds, it looks like there could be rain (or should that be rein-deer) on the way for parts of Queensland," the tweet said.