By Amy Reast via SWNS
A man thought he saw "an alien" while on a stroll along a Scottish beach - but it turned out to be a type of worm called a "sea mouse."
Mike Arnott, 33, was taking a stroll along his local beach, Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, yesterday when the creature caught his eye.
He found a strange green fluorescent object on the sand while the tide was out.
The engineer originally thought it was a moss-covered pinecone before realizing it was alive.
He said the idea of it being an alien 'did cross his mind' - because he had no idea what the bright green spiky creature was.
Mike said: "I saw this fluorescent green thing with weird needles - I had no idea what it was.
"The bright green and gold colors drew me straight to it.
"I flipped it over and saw it had lots of tiny legs - I had never seen anything like it.
"It being an alien definitely crossed my mind - or I thought it might be something from way out in the deep sea."
Pete Haskell, of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, offered his expertise to help identify the alien-like animal.
He said it's a washed-up "sea mouse" - which is confusingly a type of WORM.
Pete said: "It looks a bit strange being out of the water, but it’s a type of marine bristle worm that’s found all around the UK coast.”
The lesser-known creature's iridescent shimmering green and gold bristles make it look unlike any other marine animal.
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