Thousands of dead starfish and other sea creatures have been found on British beaches following a week of snow.
The macabre scene in Ramsgate, Kent was said to be “like Armageddon” by one wildlife enthusiast.
Lara Maiklem said she believed there were “hundreds of thousands” of starfish and other creatures that had been washed ashore after temperatures plummeted.
She said: “It was incredible. There were starfish as far as the eye could see, there were fish in there and sea urchins.
“I think someone found a lobster in there as well – and some false teeth.
“It was amazing. I live on the coast but I spend most of my time in London mudlarking in the Thames.
“I had heard about the starfish so I went down. There were quite a lot of people.”
She said the trail of dead starfish stretched from Ramsgate to beaches in nearby Broadstairs. “We tried to save as many as we could but it was like Armageddon.”
Ms Maiklem shared the pictures on her London Mudlark Facebook page, which prompted other people to post their own photographs.
Frank Leppard, who took photographs, said: “Never seen so much dead sea life in one spot. So sad.”
Responding to his Facebook post, Natalie Garrett wrote: “Thankfully there are millions of starfish around the Kent coast and they breed like rabbits, but it’s sad to see this kind of scene.”