A man claims to have found a mermaid washed up on a windswept Norfolk beach.
If it’s true, she had deserted warm tropical waters to swim among the oil rigs, fishing trawlers, crude oil tankers, ferries and cruise liners in the chilly North Sea.
Paul Jones posted photographs which he says were taken at Great Yarmouth and which have been shared 15,000 times on the social media website in two days.
In his post he wrote “Today at Great Yarmouth we found what looks like a dead Mermaid washed up on the beach.”
The gruesome images show the decaying body of a human-like creature with a fish tail lying on the sand.
The mid section of the body appears to be rotting while the tail and head have stayed relatively intact.
Many online posts support his claim that it’s a mythical mermaid. But others say it’s a dead seal – the east coast has a large colony of grey seals.
One post, from Paige Cook, said ‘Rip Ariel’ in a reference to the Disney film The Little Mermaid.
But there may also be a more simple explanation. Mr Jones’s Facebook profile shows him to be a keen modeller – particularly of creepy figures. He is a member of the ‘Horror and Halloween DIY’ Facebook group.