A snake was discovered on an Irish beach today by the Irish Coast Guard.
The 1.5m-long reptile was spotted near the boardwalk in Youghal, Co Cork.
Authorities were contacted and the animal, thought to be a turtle-headed sea snake, was removed by county council staff.
The Irish Coast Guard has urged members of the public to contact them if they see anyone, human or reptile, in trouble in or near the sea.
Posting a picture of the snake online, Youghal Coast Guard said: “While walking the beach today a member of Youghal Coast Guard spotted a snake 1.5 metres in length near the board walk.
“MRCC Dublin were contacted and subsequently Cork County Council.
“The snake is thought to be a Turtle headed Sea Snake. The snake was removed by Cork County Council staff.”
The Irish Coast Guard added on its Facebook page: “A slippery start to 2019 for the Irish Coast Guard team in Youghal with the discovery of a sea snake.
“The national Coast Guard control centre was informed, due to the unavailability of St. Patrick Cork County Council was requested.
“Time well serpent by the team…
“If you see someone (human or reptile) in trouble, on the Coast, Cliffs, Beach or Water, don’t hesitate dial 112 and ask for Coast Guard.”