A deer has died after drowning in the sea near North Shore today.
Coastguard teams were called to the seafront near Gynn Square around 7am after reports of an animal in the sea.
But after arriving at the scene rescue teams found the animal had drowned and had washed ashore.
A spokesman for the Coastguard said officers are still trying to find out how the deer came to be in the sea.
He added: “We are quite puzzled. We received a 999 call from a lady walking her dog who saw the deer in the sea.
“She could not get out to the animal because of the slippy nature of the rocks. The deer was running around in the sea and an RNLI lifeboat was placed on standby.
“By the time the Coastguard crews had arrived the animal had sadly washed ashore after drowning.”
Lytham Coastguard suggested the animal was a MuntJac Deer, commonly found throughout England and Wales.