A HUGE unknown mammal, possibly an organic mass known as a globster, has washed up on the shore at Yarmouth.

The unidentified creature was spotted near the pier last week by local resident Tim Carter, who was walking his dog, Winnie.

He said: "At first, I thought it was palm oil, so I pulled back Winnie to keep her away from it.

"But I then had a closer look and it seemed to covered in fibres, like hair.

It was huge, my photos didn't do it justice."

Tim took some pictures to show his girlfriend, Sophia, who looked it up online and discovered it could be a globster.

A globster is a generic term for an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shore, which usually turns out to be the remains of a mammal of some kind.

Tim said: "I went back the next morning, but the storm had taken most of it away.

"There were just a couple of birds feeding on its tail."

An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said: "This winter there have been a number of dead marine mammals washed up on the shore in the storms.

"Anyone who finds one can report it to us, and we will be able to either clear it away if it is on a beach we manage, or report it to the responsible foreshore owner.

"If not, we will also advise the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the marine mammal recorder if necessary."

In recent days, seals have also washed up the beach at Totland and Yaverland.