The Isle of Wight played host to an unusual site today (Monday) - an American Grumman HU-16 Albatross seaplane.

This fantastic photo was snapped by Terry Rann and shared in the Isle of Wight County Press Camera Club, on Facebook.

Similar large, twin-engine seaplanes are used by the United States' and Canadian armed forces and coastguards.

This one though, a 1953 model, was spotted in Colwell Bay, as its passengers headed ashore for a bite to eat.

Isle of Wight County Press: The seaplane, was captured on camera by's Colwell Bay cameraThe seaplane, was captured on camera by's Colwell Bay camera (Image:

For video, see it HERE, via the webcam in Colwell Bay, from 11.56am.

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Registered to Delaware's Trousdale Aviation, the eight-seater had earlier taken off from Southampton, at around 8am this morning, before travelling via Lee-on-Solent, Selsey and Chichester airports.

It has since returned to Hampshire.

Islanders spotted it flying low over Steephill Cove and Shanklin.