The identity of a mysterious 'sea creature from the deep' has been solved after the amateur photographer that captured it appealed for help.
Graphic designer Michael Green was stunned when he looked back at a photograph he took looking out to sea.
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In one of a series of pictures, he thought he'd caught the gaping mouth of a bizarre water beast rising from the waves.
But eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists have finally identified the much more innocent explanation.
Michael, from Staverton near Daventry, was holidaying in Whitstable last summer with his wife.
He captured the image while visiting Herne Bay on July 24 - but has only just noticed the unexpected animal.
In one of a series of pictures, he thought he'd caught the gaping mouth of a bizarre water beast rising from the waves (Photo: Kent Live / SWNS)
He told Kent Live: "I take a lot of photos with a view to putting them on my website or using them in club photo competitions.
"With that in mind, I took some photos of Herne Bay Pier and as I was walking along the seafront saw a couple on the blue viewing point opposite.
"It was only today, whilst sorting out photos to back up, that I found something I couldn't explain in the background."
Mr Green insisted he had not doctored the image.
He added he thought it could be a "dolphin or something similar".
But more careful study of the picture has revealed it is simply a seagull flying from the right hand side of the photo to the left.