A dead Minke whale has been spotted off Burgh Island.
The 25ft whale was at first mistaken for an abandoned sail from a windsurf board.
But as lifeguard teams approached they found it was a body of a whale.
Reader Lizi Rudd managed to snap this picture as it was towed away from the island.
It is now decomposing on the rocks at remote Butter Cove at Thurlstone.
Lindy Hingley of Brixham Seawatch said: "This is interesting because we had a live sighting of a Minke near Salcombe about a week ago and it is very likely this is the same animal, which is sad."
She said that she has had reports of 3 or 4 sightings in the channel a year.
Bigbury Coastguard and Bantham and Challaborough Lifeguards made the discovery west of Burgh Island at 11am on Saturday morning.
The body was towed away from popular Bigbury beach but has washed up further along the coast.
Minkes are filter feeders eating small krill.
It is possible it died from natural causes.
Steve Hussey from Devon Wildlife Trust said: "It is not a rare animal in our waters, they are there all the time but we just don't see them. They are particularly common off the west coast of Ireland and with the westerly winds, I think it could have been blown in.
"The size indicates that this was an adult and they can live for decades. Minkes are often the whales people see on ferry crossings from Plymouth to Santander."
He said that they are a spectacular sight but urged onlookers not to touch the body.