People have been left baffled by a huge rotting carcass found washed up on a beach after Storm Ciara.
The giant spine of the unidentified creature has been compared to mythical creature, the Loch Ness Monster, even though it’s legendary home isn’t anywhere near where the remains were found.
The photos of the skeletal remains were posted online to the Fubar News page – mere hours after the UK was hit by high winds and heavy rain by Storm Ciara last weekend.
Fubar News posted asking if anyone knew what creature the remains might belong to.
Many possible suggestions of the identity of the mysterious creature were put forward – with some suggesting it was a whale, orca or dolphin.
However, one Facebook user said the remains, found on a beach near Aberdeen, actually pre-dated the storm.
Lyn Crawford said: “We saw this at Blackdog I think. It was rotting when we came across it in December.”
This rare creature washed up on a Gower beach:
But some users joked the carcass could be the remains of Scotland’s very own Loch Ness Monster.
Meg Plummer wrote: “Oh me it’s Nessie the Loch Ness monster.”
But Emma–Louise Bolland disagreed that it was the nation’s favourite folklore monster, adding: “Nessie could not adapt to salt water.”
Dex Stewart meanwhile joked: “Yep it’s a very very rarely seen deep sea Haggis.”
Matthew Cook was convinced it dated back to the pre-historic age, writing: “At first glance I thought a brontosaurus but looking at the vertebrae in the skeletal structure I’m swayed towards a diplodocus/triceratops.”
It is not the first time people have speculated over Nessie – who was first ‘spotted’ back in 565 AD.
Loch Ness’s native monster was mentioned in the biography of Irish monk St Columba, who talks of a giant “water beast” dragging a man to his death.