A whale-sized creature found washed up on a beach near Edinburgh is probably a sperm whale, and not Eric Pickles as first thought.
An animal welfare charity was called to the beach early this morning by a member of the public concerned the communities minister was piloting a new parking scheme.
“We understand how the mistake was made but after a close inspection of the creature we are 85% sure it is not Eric Pickles,” a spokesperson said.
“At 41 tons it was an easy to think Mr Pickles had been washed up but we are convinced it is a sperm whale because of the lack of Speedos.”
Mr Pickles involvement in this story doesn’t end there. When we asked what he thought about being confused with a beached whale he explained it wasn’t all bad.
“It hurt my feelings a little bit,” he said, “but I quickly got over that when I realised the 41,000 kg animal will make a great starter.”