The Water Safety Officer with Kerry County Council says he has never before heard of a swimmer being attacked by a seagull.
Last Tuesday week a man swimming in the sea at Fenit was attacked by either a black back or herring gull.
The bird swooped on the man – believed to be a visitor to the area – and returned a second time.
Medical attention was needed and lifeguards recommended the man go to Kerry General Hospital for a tetanus shot.
Brendan O’Connor who has 40 years experience of beach and coastal activities explains what happened: