A terrified seal was hurled 30ft from the sea and onto the pavement by a huge wave battering the Cornwall coast on Monday.
The animal was spotted by photographer Adam Gibbard, 42, at Newlyn Green, Penzance, Cornwall. He told The Sun: "It was shocking to see it out on the concrete."
A worker from British Divers Marine Life Rescue society collected the seal, and it was taken to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary where it will be monitored and nursed back to health, reports the Mirror.
The south coast has been hit hard by floods and recent stormy weather, and there's more to come, says The Weather Channel's meteorologist Leon Brown.
He told Aol Travel: "Wednesday will also see strong south west winds and gales around coasts, blowing heavy showers across the south of the UK.
"Gusts 50 to 60mph inland and 70 to 80mph over exposed coastal areas in the south."
He added that the south west coasts will see "huge seas" with waves reaching 10m in height", making it one of the biggest waves predicted around the world on that day.