Mystery of huge egg-like object found on riverbank in Brisbane

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Huge egg-like object found on a riverbank leaves locals baffled – but fisherman offers a simple explanation

  • The finder posted a photo to show that the item was bigger than a large Slurpee cup
  • Social media users were stunned by the item and some asked if it was an egg
  • One suggested it was an ostrich egg, and others suggested it was full of spiders spider

A large and mysterious egg-shaped object unearthed on a riverbank in Brisbane turns out to be a buoy for a crab trap.

The orb was found in Redlands on Saturday by a social media user who promptly asked others to help identify what it could be.

“Any idea what this could be from?” they asked, with a photo of the object next to a giant Slurpee cup for comparison.

Users were stunned and many asked if it could be some kind of egg.

Pictured: A photo of the mysterious orb next to a large Slurpee cup, posted by a social media user

Pictured: A photo of the mysterious orb next to a large Slurpee cup, posted by a social media user

‘If you’re serious, it does look like an ostrich egg,’ wrote one viewer, forgetting that the large ratites are native to Africa and not found in the wild in Australia.

“Come out,” someone else ordered.

Another added: ‘This is Australia, you just know it’s probably spiders.’

But two observant users pointed out that the object looked exactly like a crab pot float, used for marking crab traps.

Pictured: An example of a crab pot used to mark where crab traps are placed

Pictured: An example of a crab pot used to mark where crab traps are placed

Pictured: An example of a crab pot float, used to mark where crab traps are placed

A crab fall buoy floats on the surface of the water below the falling trap (photo)

A crab fall buoy floats on the surface of the water below the falling trap (photo)

A crab fall buoy floats on the surface of the water below the falling trap (photo)

“Looks like a crab pot buoy or something,” one user wrote.

“Exactly what I thought,” replied another. “Crab pot floats.”

Crab trap buoys are made of polystyrene and are used to indicate where a crab catcher has placed its trap.

They float on the surface of the water under the falling trap.

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