BARMY beachcomber Joe Gray rides a giant sea-mine he found as if it was a space hopper.
Joe, 43, rolled it back home to use as a footstool.
He hoped to keep it after Coastguards told him it contained no explosives.
But the Royal Navy took it back after explaining it was a training aid which had slipped a chain in Penzance, Cornwall.
Joe, a self-confessed lover of all things ‘weird and wonderful’, then dragged the mine his salvage and reclamation yard, Shiver Me Timbers.
He said: “In this line of work, we’re always coming across weird and wonderful things – and I’d been on the hunt for a mine for a while.
“As soon as I heard a mine had washed up, I was so excited – I dropped what I was doing and came running.
“It isn’t to everyone’s taste, but when I saw it, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
It was such a thrilling find because it looks so striking.
“Obviously I didn’t go anywhere near it until I knew it was safe – but as soon as I knew what I was dealing with, I couldn’t wait to get it back to the shop.
“I thought if I could keep it, I might have it turned into a unique stove or a piece of artwork, but that wasn’t to be because the Navy wanted it back.
“I’ll just have to hope another one washes up.”
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