A rare fish which turned up on a beach in South Kerry a week ago, has been confirmed as a Mediterranean Moray Eel, seldom seen in Irish waters
The confirmation was made by Declan Quigley from the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority in Howth, County Dublin.
The eel was found by local resident Les Evans, a keen fisherman, while walking on White Strand near Cahersiveen.
Mediterranean Moray Eel is the only species of Moray Eel known to occur in European waters, and this is only the eighth time such a creature has come as far as Ireland.
It’s more commonly found around the Cape Verde Islands and the Azores.
The eel is currently being kept at Dingle Oceanworld, but will later be displayed Natural History Museum in Dublin.