Despite people on the internet freaking out over a sea creature -- as they often do -- it was later suspected, albeit not determined, that the fish is probably a grouper. But even Lindholm, the confounded sea skipper and knower of fish, wasn't quite sure.
"I thought it might have been a groper, but looking at the head shape it still may be a groper, but it just doesn't seem to fit with what other people up here have told me," he said.
"[There's] a fair bit of speculation -- it could have been a cod, could have been a groper, and one guy I think might have nailed it when he said it was what they call a tripletail," he continued. "I've seen a lot of fish and its pectoral fin right down near the tail looked a bit odd, sort of looked like it had a joint there, and if it had the same on the other side that could be exactly what it is."
Doing its diligence as a real news site, ABC contacted the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, which determined that the fish is probably a grouper. But again, they can't really be sure, given the "condition of the fish made a definitive identification difficult," according to a QBFP spokesperson.