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Sharknado? Australian cyclone leaves behind shark in puddle (video)

In this March 30, 2017 photo provided by Queensland state paramedic Lisa Smith, a shark is seen stranded in floodwaters in Ayr, northeastern Australia. A powerful cyclone that tore through Australia's tropical northeast has left the ground littered with battered trees, ripped-up roofs - and one very unlucky shark. Smith said she was assessing the extent of flooding on Thursday on Rita Island, a coastal community near the town of Ayr that was lashed by Cyclone Debbie earlier this week. As she was approaching the edge of some receding floodwaters, she spotted an unusual sight on the ground: a bull shark.
Lisa Smith via AP

In this March 30, 2017 photo provided by Queensland state paramedic Lisa Smith, a shark is seen stranded in floodwaters in Ayr, northeastern Australia. A powerful cyclone that tore through Australia's tropical northeast has left the ground littered with battered trees, ripped-up roofs - and one very unlucky shark. Smith said she was assessing the extent of flooding on Thursday on Rita Island, a coastal community near the town of Ayr that was lashed by Cyclone Debbie earlier this week. As she was approaching the edge of some receding floodwaters, she spotted an unusual sight on the ground: a bull shark.

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Bradley Mitchell inspects the damage to his uncle's boat after it smashed against the bank at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

AYR, Australia (AP) — An Australian journalist covering flooding from Cyclone Debbie was shocked to come across a dead bull shark that was apparently swept up in the deluge.

WIN News reporter Philip Calder tells news.com.au that he was in the town of Ayr to shoot video of a flooded road and couldn't believe he came across a shark in a puddle. He says the shark is "the talk of the town" and many locals have turned out to touch it.

Some social media users are drawing a connection between the shark and Syfy's "Sharknado" film series, which features sharks getting swept up in cyclones and wreaking havoc on cities.

Cyclone Debbie knocked out power to thousands when it slammed ashore with winds up to 260 kilometers (160 miles) an hour Tuesday.

by Marcus Middleton

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