Lying out in the sun - well, yesterday at least - on the slipway at South Bragar beach is a refugee from the Atlantic Ocean…and its arrival has been logged by local people anxious to know the origin of this particularly large piece of sea ware.

The five-metre log is encrusted with barnacles and has clearly been adrift in the ocean for many months…and one theory about its origins is that it comes from the Caribbean.

But what local people would like is some analysis of the timber itself which might give a clue as to where it has drifted from.  

So are there any dendrologists out there with a yen for unravelling oceanic puzzles…or who want to branch out with a spot of detective work.