The gruesome orange remains of a mysterious sea creature have washed up on a British beach.
Drone enthusiast Gregg Jenkinson and his son, Tyler, were on holiday in Scotland when they discovered the bizarre creature in Keiss, Caithness.
‘We were up there on holiday, driving to John O’Groats, and on the way we were just exploring harbours because they are beautiful,’ said Mr Jenkinson.
‘We stumbled upon this one, so went down to take a look.
‘My son spotted it first – he said “look, an octopus tentacle”, as that’s what it looked like from a distance.
‘As we got closer, we could clearly see it was a fish, but no idea what sort. It looked kind of fatty and it was when we touched it with a stick.
‘I felt intrigued as it’s something you never see in Stoke-on-Trent where we are from.’
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Mr Jenkinson described the creature as about roughly three feet long from top to tail.
It has a long, orange body, stained black in places, with no obvious face or other identifying features.
In a search for answers, Mr Jenkinson shared the video on his DroneHub Facebook page, where he showcases his aerial photography.
One viewer compared it to the chestburster, a creature from the Alien films which invades victims and then explodes from their chest.
‘It’s a male water haggis,’ another commenter joked.
Other suggestions about its identity include a koi, a goldfish, a porpoise and a whale foetus.
Another person commented: ‘I am a fisherman, and I can tell you categorically: I’ve no idea.’
Even the experts at the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) struggled to identify the orange marine monster.
Project manager Rob Deaville said: ‘It looks like the decomposed remains of some kind of small cetacean [the whale and dolphin family] to me.
‘I can see a folded over dorsal fin and the maxilla of the skull protruding from the melon/head at the front.
‘As to species, that’s difficult to say from this alone.’
Nick Davison, who is in charge of Scottish strandings for CSIP, was similarly puzzled.
‘I agree with Rob – it would appear to be the remains of a small cetacean, but we’d need better images to be sure,’ he said.
‘We did have a common dolphin about a mile south of the harbour the day before, but this isn’t that animal.’
Mr Jenkinson, 36, still isn’t sure quite what he’s encountered – but think he knows how it ended up on the same beach as him.
‘Nobody is really sure,’ he said. ‘But this was just after Scotland was hit by the storm, so it had obviously been washed up on the stoney beach from that.’