A fisherman was shocked when he cut open a Pink Snapper to find a banknote in perfect condition.
Australian banknotes are said to be among the advanced in the world, made of a high-tech polymer that is hard to counterfeit , long-lasting and totally waterproof.
And if you wanted proof of that, look no further than these pictures of the bizarre catch made by Dylan Mizzi.
The keen fisherman, from Melbourne’s Patterson Lakes suburb, posted a picture of his one-in-a-million find to the Facebook page for Sharkmen Fishing Charters saying “Mind blown. No word of a lie” and people just couldn’t believe it.
One said: “That’s the best – you caught yourself dinner and enough for a beer after!”
Thousands more commented on Dylan’s pic – with some insisting that it must be a fake.
But Dr Richmond Loh, who runs The Fish Doctor YouTube channel, told Yahoo News that the part of the fish’s body the note was found in was consistent with it having been swallowed naturally.
“Having said that,” he continued,” pink snappers have slightly downturned mouths (consistent with being bottom feeders), making it less likely that this snapper would meet with a $20 bill that is floating at the surface.
“Although,” he added, “they are known to come to the water’s surface at times.”
He concluded: “A $20 note is not a small item that can be easily swallowed by accident, so the snapper would have had to also ‘mouth’ it to check if it’s something edible using the tastebuds inside its mouth before it would swallow.”
Commenting on the growing problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, one fan of the Sharkmen page commented: “Lucky you!
“They reckon the sea life is getting filled with plastic but I didn’t realise they meant money. Hope there are some out there with $100 bills in them.”