Underwatertimes.com News Service - July 28, 2008 20:21 EST
fish with legs florida

The mysterious creature was caught in a Florida lake.

shawna mitchell fish

Shawna Mitchell with the mysterious creature.

A fish-like creature with \"legs\" caught in a Central Florida lake over the weekend sparked a flood of controversy.

Shawna Mitchell said she was fishing on Starke Lake in Ocoee when she pulled something strange out of the water.

Mitchell\'s photos showed what appeared to be a fish with two front legs and no scales.

She said she was \"freaked out a little bit\" after pulling the creature to a pier.

Locals have suggested the strange creature was a mud puppy, eel, lung fish or Chinese walking fish.

However, an official has declared the \"fish\" to be a greater siren.

It\'s an amphibian that is a member of the salamander family. It is described as being very reclusive.

Mitchell said, \"It was a great night of fishing that I won\'t forget any time soon,\" in an e-mail.

A fish-like creature with "legs" caught in a Central Florida lake over the weekend sparked a flood of controversy.

Shawna Mitchell said she was fishing on Starke Lake in Ocoee when she pulled something strange out of the water.

Mitchell's photos showed what appeared to be a fish with two front legs and no scales.

She said she was "freaked out a little bit" after pulling the creature to a pier.

Locals have suggested the strange creature was a mud puppy, eel, lung fish or Chinese walking fish.

However, an official has declared the "fish" to be a greater siren.

It's an amphibian that is a member of the salamander family. It is described as being very reclusive.

Mitchell said, "It was a great night of fishing that I won't forget any time soon," in an e-mail.