Police are trying to identify a woman whose body was washed up on the shore at Fleetwood in Lancashire.
Officers were called after a dog walker made the discovery near the Esplanade in the Port at 0600 BST on Wednesday.
Beach patrol and forensic investigators attended and the scene was cordoned off, a police spokesman said.
Detectives are treating the death as unexplained at the moment but they do not believe it is suspicious. They have not worked out how old the woman was.