RARE CATCH: You never know what could be found on the beach.
RARE CATCH: You never know what could be found on the beach. Facebook

Rare fish resembling a "baby Loch Ness” found on Coast beach

A DAY at the beach ended in a special sighting for one Coast family when they caught a fish and found out it was a rare find.

Coast resident Jesse Lanigan said her and her children were enjoying a day at the beach in Caloundra when they spotted a fish they had never seen before.

The fish was swimming in ankle deep water when the tide was out.

"My kids caught him by hand," she wrote in a post on a community board on Facebook.

"While he was in their bucket it appeared like he was coming up to the surface for air."

 

RARE CATCH: You never know what could be found on the beach.
RARE CATCH: You never know what could be found on the beach. Facebook

The post quickly gained a number of comments of residents weighing in on the fish they suspected was a baby dragon fish, according to a museum website.

The long-tailed dragon-fish, commonly referred to as a seamoth is a relative of a seahorse.

Jessie joked she researched the critter online but it would not accept her "diagnosis of a baby Loch Ness monster".

Ms Lanigan said she had since had plenty of messages asking where she found the fish.

"I don't want people to deliberately try to catch him, if they are as rare as the Australian museum says."

She said they put the fish back into the water and it swam away safely.


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