Can you identify this fearsome flotsam?

Do you know what creature Elsa found washed up on the beach?
Do you know what creature Elsa found washed up on the beach?

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After seeing a photograph in the Courier of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle washed up on Gigha, reader Elsa Macdougall shared a photograph of her own rare beach find.

Elsa, who lives in Bearsden but is formerly of Tayinloan, discovered the washed up body of a creature on the shoreline near Bellochantuy.

Although the beast may not be immediately identifiable to some, Elsa believes she knows what animal it is.

‘It is fairly rare in Kintyre and may, in fact, have come from Ireland on the tide as I found it on a west coast beach,’ she said.

‘I thought readers might like to guess. It was a massive male and measured over a metre long from teeth to base of tail, making it larger than average.’

Do you recognise the animal? See next week’s Courier to find out if you think the same as Elsa.