Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that Tenby’s seagulls are an integral part of the seaside scene.

Whether swooping gracefully in the skies or swooping disgracefully to wreck bin bags or steal ice-creams, chips and pasties from the hands of unwary visitors, the gulls are an unforgettable sight in the resort.

The National Wales: This image of a seagull flying off with a child has appeared on the side of a building in Crackwell Street. Picture: Chris PeacockThis image of a seagull flying off with a child has appeared on the side of a building in Crackwell Street. Picture: Chris Peacock

And now their numbers have been boosted by some mysterious artwork which has appeared on a variety of locations in the town in the last couple of days.

The National Wales: A trio of seagulls masquerade as a mac-wearer! Picture: Chris PeacockA trio of seagulls masquerade as a mac-wearer! Picture: Chris Peacock

The gulls are portrayed in a variety of poses – some familiar, as in the centre of a box of chips; others, fortunately, not so, as in the image of a gull flying away with a small child.

The National Wales: Here they are with a chip-filled 'food bank'. Picture: Chris PeacockHere they are with a chip-filled 'food bank'. Picture: Chris Peacock

Among the locations for the pictures and murals is the wall of Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Castle Hill.

The National Wales: A nest of chips for this cheeky gull. Picture: Tenby Museum and Art GalleryA nest of chips for this cheeky gull. Picture: Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

Curator Mark Lewis said: “A seagull appears to have made its nest on our front wall. Why the bird chose this location is a mystery that's really chipping away at us!”

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The National Wales: The chip theme continues on Castle Hill. Picture: Chris PeacockThe chip theme continues on Castle Hill. Picture: Chris Peacock

Although opinion is divided on real-life seagulls, there's been a unanimous thumbs up for the cleverly-executed seaside graphics.

The National Wales: And here's another look at that unfortunate child. Picture: Chris PeacockAnd here's another look at that unfortunate child. Picture: Chris Peacock

'Brilliant' and 'so cool' are amongst the comments on social media, although one person remarked: "Plenty of seagulls in Tenby already!"

Some have also compared the stencil style and pointed references, such as the gulls beside a box marked 'food bank' to the style of famed street artist Banksy.

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