VOLUNTEERS out cleaning a Cornish beach were stunned to discover this huge crab on the shore.
The long-legged sea creature proved friendly enough however for them to safely scoop it up.
The group had been out picking litter from the beach, including the depressing debris of empty beer cans and disposable barbecues as well as scraps of plastic and old rope.
They were seven members of staff from the Helston-based holiday lettings agency Classic Cottages, and had joined Keep Britain Tidy’s beach coordinator Neil Hembrow.
They went down to the beach at Loe Bar, at the eastern end of Porthleven Sands, when they made their surprising discovery.
Ed Manning, who works in Classic Cottages’ IT department, said: “Although the beach was relatively clean, there was quite a lot of rubbish on the high tide line that had been brought in by the large tides that had just passed.
“As usual a lot of the rubbish was from boats including rope, line and polystyrene.
“We still found a few empty beer cans and disposable barbecues - that had not been disposed of - but it was nice to see that a lot of the beach was litter-free and that people have been making an effort to dispose of their rubbish.”
Also joining in with the beach clean were property managers Jackie Gulliford and Philippa Penney, booking office manager Nicky Bennett, Toby Foord from IT and Katie Chown and Adam Ludnow from Classic’s online marketing team.
Adam Ludnow added: “We were lucky to have a stunning day for the beach clean, and Loe Bar is absolutely beautiful.
“Cornwall has an amazing coastline and it’s such a shame when a little bit of rubbish spoils it, so I was more than happy help Keep Britain Tidy and help get the beach back to its best.”
Beachcare is a project being run by Keep Britain Tidy, aimed at reducing beach litter on England’s beaches by involving local communities.
The charity’s beach coordinator, Mr Hembrow, said: “Apart from looking unsightly and potentially deterring visitors, litter can be a health risk to beach users and local wildlife.
“By involving local communities and companies like Classic Cottages, we can keep beaches clean and make visiting Cornwall’s beaches more enjoyable for everyone.”
The volunteering day was organised by Classic Cottages’ ‘Green Team’, which regularly gets involved with local conservation projects such as beach cleans, woodland clearing and river clearing.
The company also supports environmental organisations like the National Trust, Woodland Trust, South West Coast Path Association and rainforest protection charity Cool Earth.
The Green Team has volunteered on five beach cleans previously, and is planning another for later this summer.