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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Australia has been advertising a coveted island caretaker position, but applicants don’t know about one very important job responsibility.

The tourism department of Australia’s Queensland state has heavily advertised for a position they have dubbed “Best Job in the World”. The employee will be paid 150,000 Australian dollars to spend six months living on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. The very few  responsibilities listed include feeding the fish and picking up mail.

So what’s the catch? The tourism department states there is none, but Weekly World News has discovered the truth: the caretaker will be sharing the island with a monster!

4 Weekly World News reporters interviewed 8 past visitors of the island, who had some tales to tell. Mary Smith, 15, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, explained, “My family was on a two-week trip around the Reef in 2006 when we stopped at Hamilton Island to explore. Let me tell you, it was not as desolate as they are saying! This dark, smoky thing came roaring out of those trees, my 16 year old brother screamed and took off running! We jumped right back on that plane and got the heck out of there.”

Kizawa Etsuko, 23, and Tadanobu Ryuichi, 42, of Osaka, Japan, verified Smith’s claim, stating, “We only caught a glimpse, but we heard it. It was deafiningly loud, very mechanical sounding. Possibly a machine? We didn’t stick around to find out.”

What is this mysterious monster? Where did it come from? Is it man-made? Weekly World News will continue to investigate through 2010.