Police are appealing for information to help identify the naked body which washed up at Perrnaporth beach on Tuesday afternoon.
The body of a naked male was spotted in the water at high tide by a female dog walker just before 2pm.
Devon and Cornwall police have said the white man was aged between 50 and 70 years old, of a thin build and between 5.5 and 5.7ft tall.
He had white receding hair which was bald on top and a thick white bushy beard.
A police spokesman said: “It’s still unexplained and we are keeping an open mind.
“Investigations will continue in the area today and we will be looking around the clifftops.”
The police don’t believe the body had been in the water for very long.
Coastguards and police were called to the scene at approximately 2pm Tuesday afternoon.
The body was found on the sand a few yards away from the front of the Watering Hole pub.
Eyewitnesses said that the body appeared to be completely nude.
A forensic post-mortem is due to take place in the Royal Cornwall Hospital tomorrow. Friday 28
John Longmate, from Perranporth, was on the beach at about 12pm.
He said: “I saw a rucksack half buried, filled with sand and I just thought it was washed up on the beach but it could have been something.”
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or crimestoppers on 0800 555111and quote, GR/14/80.