A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 11am on Saturday to Cayton Bay, Scarborough following reports that a body of a man could be seen on the beach.
"Police attend and contacted the Coastguard to assist in the recovery of the body.
"Police enquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of the body.
"Anyone with information that could assist should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference 12160047995."