Imagine you're walking along the beach when something partly buried in the sand catches your eye. You walk over to investigate hoping to find something of interest, only to be greeted by the horrifying sight of a 4ft long dead snake.
Well for one dog walker in St Annes this story is all too real.
While it's almost a given that you'll find seashells, seaweed and the occasional piece of driftwood during a casual stroll along the shoreline, sometimes what washes up on the beach can be downright weird, wonderful or utterly disgusting.
From thousands of blobs of clear jelly, to a massive rusty metal sword unearthed by a metal detectorist, here are some of the strangest things that have washed up on beaches across Blackpool and the Fylde coast:
1. '4ft long' dead snake
Rachel Jeffrey certainly had a shock when she was out on the beach walking her dog Nelson in June 2017. They found a dead snake, estimated to be around 4ft long, on the tideline at North Beach, St Annes close to the back of the Thursby Rest home.
Photo: Rachel Jeffrey
2. Tiny clear blobs of jelly
Thousands of tiny blobs of jelly washed up on the beach in June of this year (2020). It was initially believed that the creatures were salps, a primitive type of marine invertebrate. However, Debbie Williams, Lancashire's Living Seas Project Officer, said they were more likely to be Sea Gooseberries - a type of comb jelly.
Photo: Michael Holmes
3. Unexploded 'bomb'
A metal object measuring around four inches long and an inch-and-a-half inch wide was uncovered by a metal detector-user in July 2019. The device was found by lifelong metal detectorist Alistair Wilks, 51, and his partner Kath Firth, 60, close to the Mirrorball in South Shore. The couple suspected it was an unexploded mortar, but one emergency official believed it could have just been a fishing weight. The Coastguard put a 20 metre cordon in place while explosive experts from the military dealt with the mysterious object.
4. Baby dolphin
A baby dolphin was saved after being found washed up - but alive - on the beach opposite Norbreck Castle in June 2016. With the help of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team, RNLI Blackpool and the public, police were able to release the harbour porpoise into the water where it reportedly swam back out to sea.
Photo: Blackpool Police