A dog walker has told of his shock after watching a deer drown at high tide near North Promenade.
Warbreck Coun Danny Scott was near Gynn Square when the incident happened around 7am yesterday.
Despite efforts to rescue the animal, believed to be a Muntjac deer, it drowned.
Coun Scott said it was “bizarre” to see the deer so close to the seafront.
He added: “I have no idea where it came from. A young lady was there with her dogs and rang the Coastguard about 6.45am, but by 7.30am it had drowned.
“It was a tragedy. It was just exhausted.”
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.”