The body of a dead whale has washed up on a beach in the Borders.
Members of the coastguard were alerted after the carcass was carried onto rocks by the tide at Burnmouth Harbour in Berwickshire on Saturday night.
Crew members said the whale appeared to have been deceased for “some time” and warned members of the public not to approach its remains due to health hazards.
A spokesman for the Coastguard said: “Decomposing whales pose a significant health hazard from bacteria so should not be approached.
“Whales are Royal Fish and the property of the Marine Scotland.
“It is a criminal offence to interfere with the carcass.
“Members of the public are urged not to visit or approach due to the health risk and potential risk of serious personal injury.”