An Australian man handed a “bagged and tagged circular object” to the police believing it to be a breast implant that was evidence of a crime. He thought it was evidence of a murder or possibly a drowning, but he turned out to be dead wrong (pun intended). Turns out it was actually a jellyfish.
“Officers at Maroochydore station were all hands on deck when, much to their initial alarm, a concerned citizen attended the counter to report a possible homicide. The member of the public presented police with a bagged and tagged circular object he had located that day. Officers seized the item at the request of the man and provided him with a receipt. The man was concerned it was a prosthetic implant from someone who may have been murdered or drowned.”
-Senior Constable, Zoe Brady
The Maroochydore Police Station, where the evidence was handed in, conducted tests on the “breast implant” and found it to be a jellyfish. Its tentacles had either been cut off by jagged rocks or wave action or bitten off by other fish. This led to its resemblance to a silicone implant. What’s more is the jellyfish was native to Queensland; it was most likely a blubber jellyfish according to Colin Sparkes of Surf Life Saving Queensland. Its sting is known to be irritating but not dangerous.
— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) November 25, 2016
This incident, though fortunately silly and not dangerous at all, is not unique. In 2013, one of New Zealand’s beaches was flooded with a swarm of jellyfish that bore resemblance to breast implants.