A 6ft swordfish washed up in South Gloucestershire yesterday - an extremely rare sight in the UK.
Visitors to Severn Beach on the mouth of the River Severn saw the fish struggling in shallow waters but were unable to save it.
Swordfish are typically found in tropical waters and it is rare for them to be spotted in our waters. They are migratory creatures which move to warmer waters in the winter and cooler waters in the summer.
Experts believe the fish travelled more than 1,500 miles to Severn Beach — all the way from the Mediterranean.
Records show there have been less than 10 sightings of swordfish in British waters over the last 10 years.
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