Otters and dolphins have washed up dead on Scots beaches following Storm Arwen.

Dog walker Kirsty Goodfellow found two dead otters on North Berwick beach following a weekend of bad weather.

Edinburgh Live reports the find sparked concern from locals after the weather left thousands without power as 90mph gusts ripped through the country.

Otters are protected animals in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside act and although are widespread across the country are still considered rare animals and classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

The otters were discovered on North Berwick beach
The otters were discovered on North Berwick beach

Kirsty who spotted the otters told Edinburgh Live : "I've reported it to two different otter agencies that request reported otter sightings (dead or alive) online and also emailed the seabird centre since they have sea life professionals right there onsite.

"It's right on the sand at the boating pond and quite high up. I reckon Storm Arwen did it for them. It was very violent around the harbour.

She continued: "I was just looking for a stick to throw for my dog and thought it was a log initially.

The animal washed up on a beach in Barra
The animal washed up on a beach in Barra

It's very sad. They were nearly extinct when I was a kid and now the first time I see one there is in sad circumstances.

"Apparently there is a small population of them by the harbour."

The dog walker shared the sad news to Facebook to alert others captioned: "Couple of dead otters on the sand at the boating pond."

Over 200 locals reacted to the sad pictures and conveyed their shock at the worrying news for local wildlife.

Deborah Lahaise said: "That's actually made me cry - I love otters."

Bernadette Keenan exlaimed: "This is breaking my heart bless them."

Some questioned if the small family of creatures who reside on the beach died as a result of their home being swept away from the wild weather caused by Storm Arwen.

Meanwhile Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil tweeted a picture of what appears to be a dolphin or popoise 'washed up' following the storm.

The image, which appeared to be taken in Tangusdale on Barra, was captioned: "This wee fellow washed up on the beach after the storm."