The Jurassic Coast came to life when a dinosaur was spotted in Weymouth Bay.
The 20-ft high Tyrannosaurus Rex went for a paddle to the delight of youngsters over the weekend.
But council officials failed to see the funny side and dinosaur called Tex was taken away under police escort and impounded.
The metal model arrived in Weymouth bay courtesy of Great Dorset Maize Maze owner Paul Swaffield in his bid to have dinosaurs erected along the coast in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Mr Swaffield drove a tractor into Weymouth with Tex on a trailer and after passing the Jubilee clock he drove across the Esplanade, down a slope on to the beach and out to sea.