A woman says she has found what appears to be a human jawbone at Point Chevalier beach this morning.

Police confirmed they retrieved the "bone-like item" from the beach after getting a call at 7.30am but could not say if it was a human bone or not.

"Police have retrieved the item and inquiries are ongoing to determine what it is," a police spokeswoman said.

The woman who found the bone said she was walking her dogs when she came across it.

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"It was near the Joan St stairs, down by the water. We rang the police and put it in a doggy bag as 7am is dog central and we didn't want any pup running down the beach with a human jawbone in its mouth," she wrote on a community Facebook page.

She said two policemen came quickly and took it away.

"They are giving the jawbone to the police pathologist. I hope there is an innocent explanation somehow."