A warning has gone out to pet owners after massive chunks of an unknown waxy substance washed ashore in the North-east.
The substance – which could be either palm oil or lard – is thought to be the remnants of the wartime wreck MS Taurus, which was attacked and sunk in 1941 near Johnshaven.
In poor weather, the former Norwegian merchant ship had previously set free its contents and now barrel-shaped lumps of a white substance have appeared on Sandhaven and Gardenstown beaches.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) teams have now asked the public to report anything out of the ordinary.
The team said: “Coastal groups are warning dog owners to be on the lookout for white lumps of the substance washed up on the coast.
“Not to be mistaken for lingering snow, the waxy white rocks, which can be fatal to dogs, have been spotted on Angus and Mearns beaches following the recent stormy weather.”