The decomposing animal was found at the Lifeboat Road car park in Formby by Dominic Murphy as he walked along the beach in Merseyside
Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)
A man was stunned after spotting an unidentified creature washing up on a Merseyside beach.
The decomposing animal was found in the Lifeboat Road car park in Formby by Dominic Murphy as he was walking along the beach with his cousin last night.
The creature was half decomposed and said to be about two feet long.
Dominic, 26, is from Crosby and couldn’t identify the species of seabird, initially thinking it was a penguin.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “I don’t know what it is, we saw it on the beach and I took some pictures of it. We argued about what we thought.
“At first I thought, ‘Is that a penguin?’ but obviously it’s not. It’s shaped like a penguin, but this is Liverpool, not Antarctica. My cousin said it was a pigeon but it’s definitely not a pigeon I have no idea what it is.”
After sharing a photo of the creature with friends on WhatsApp, speculation grew as to what the bird might be and where it might have come from.
But no one could answer.
Dominic said: “If you look at it, it has feathers and a beak, so it’s not a penguin. My cousin laughed at me when I said it because he was wondering how something like that could end up in Formby.”
A spokesman for Green Sefton said: “The bird is called Guillemot, a member of the auk family. It’s not a penguin.
“Guillemots breed on cliffs in North Wales and Anglesey and often feed in Liverpool Bay and in coastal waters along the Sefton coast. Deaths from disease, injury or starvation often wash up on our beaches.”
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