So what if it looks like a cross between a jobby, a digested Weetabix and a Sticklebrick?
I'm sure none of us look our best when we're brown bread and washed up on the tideline...
This little critter is an ex-Sea Mouse, common enough on the floor of the Irish Sea, but the first one I've really seen.
They look better alive honest.
Came across it (well, one of the eight-year-olds on a school visit to Formby beach that I was helping with, came across it) this morning - can't really see from my rubbish strandline shots, but some of the remaining hairs on the body still refracted light - Sea Mouses use photonics as a defensive mechanism - which makes them all very "Dark Side of the Moon".
And on a day when nowt but a few Wheatears and several dead Gannets were along the coast, it held my attention anyway.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...