A southern elephant seal gathered a crowd at Sorrento Beach in Western Australia on Wednesday (February 19) after it came ashore, local media said.
One tourist said it was a very unusual sight.
"It's amazing, we've come all the way from England and we don't normally get these on the river Thames. So, it's something very different," he said.
Wildlife officers roped off an area to protect the elephant seal and prevent people at the beach from being bitter.
Perth resident Nicky Downes was one of the first people on the beach.
"Saw that on the beach, didn't know what it was. Came for a closer look, thought it was dead. And then he did a massive snort and scared me to death," Downes said.
Local media reported wildlife officers as saying that southern elephant seals can be found on Australia's south coast from time to time, but seeing them on the west coast was rather unusual.