An enormous eel, described as 'impressive', has washed up on a beach on the British coast.

The 'conger eel' was discovered by police officers after washing up on an Exmouth beach on Monday, (January 4).

Ottery St Mary Police officers spotted the sea creature and described it as a 'monster' on social media, writes DevonLive.

In a post on Twitter, a spokesperson for the police said: ''Me and my crewmate were about to break out doing the conga, with this rather impressive conga washed up on Exmouth beach this morning.''

In the photo, the creature could be longer than a metre, but the creatures can be up to two metres or seven feet in length.

Conger eels are a genus of the congrid eels and include some of the largest types of the species.

They can be found by fisherman along the European and North American Atlantic coasts, but their life histories are poorly known.

The discovery comes a month after a dead dolphin was seen on an Exmouth beach.

Resident Jessica Luzon discovered the body of the dolphin on December 20, whilst out on a run.

She said: ''I saw this mound by the shore line, at first I thought it was a buoy washed up but then I saw the fin.

''I walked closer to it and realised it was a dolphin.

'Approximately I would say a just over 1 metre long.

''The top beak looked like is was ripped off or cut off and it had wounds on it's back.''

One dad, while walking in fields on Boxing Day, found an empty coffin from Saudi Arabia which had been washed up after the floods.

The casket, which was inscribed with Arabic writing, was discovered on a field in the aftermath of the River Nene bursting its banks over Christmas.

Russell Moore said: "I went for a walk there with my sister the next day. There was a lot of stuff washed up, like a go-kart and a fridge freezer.

"But then all of a sudden there was also this coffin - that was what stuck out the most.

"It was a strange thing to see and I must admit we did have a look around in case the body was nearby but we couldn't find anything else."