A most extraordinary find has been made at Stokes Bay, near Portsmouth, where on the tide receding, a huge object was seen to have been left on the beach.
It was first thought to be a whale, but closer inspection proved it to be a good-sized elephant. How the animal got into the water is a mystery.
Many curious sight-seers visited the spot, and on Saturday afternoon, one of the Government tugs towed the dead elephant into the sea, and then cast it adrift.
The Edinburgh Evening News, September 15, 1879.