A gigantic ‘skeleton’ was found washed up on a Scottish beach during Storm Ciara.
And locals near Aberdeen have speculated that it could be the remains of the mythical Loch Ness Monster – despite the notorious body of water being roughly 120 miles away.
The photos of the rotting carcass were posted online by Aberdeen-based community Facebook page Fubar News – hours after Storm Ciara battered Britain with 90mph winds.
Fubar News posted: “Came across this weird creature today near Aberdeen. Any ideas what it could be?”
Possible suggestions of the identity of the mysterious North sea creature were put forward – with folk saying it was a whale, orca or dolphin.
However one Facebook user said the remains actual pre-date the storm.
Lyn Crawford said: “We saw this at Blackdog I think. It was rotting when we came across it in December.”
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 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.”
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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 mentions a giant “water beast” dragging a man to his death.
Interest peaked in the 1930s when a road was built along the loch, allowing monster seekers to come hunt Nessie.
And the following year the infamous “surgeon’s photograph” was taken, which appears to show Nessie poking her head out of the water.
However, in 1975 it was revealed the famous picture was a hoax made using a fake monster’s head.