Paul Jones posted a series of photographs taken on the Norfolk beach, which have been shared 15,000 times on social media in two days.He wrote: “Today at Great Yarmouth we found what looks like a dead mermaid washed up on the beach.”The creature has obvious fins and a tail, but a decayed head which looks human.
The torso is rotting and the entrails are visible, but the head and tail are more intact.
Many people who have shared the post are adamant that it is a mermaid, with one referencing Disney’s The Little Mermaid by writing “RIP Ariel”.
Others have said it is nothing more than a dead seal, as the Norfolk coast has a large colony of grey seals.
However Mr Jones’ Facebook profile shows him to be a keen creator of models, with lots of fish-themed pieces of art, which may suggest this is another one of his creations.