A deadly black mamba snake shocked beachgoers after it was spotted swimming in the surf on a busy beach in South Africa.
The snake, which was over two metres long, was filmed swimming through shallow water before being caught by staff from the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMB).
In a Facebook Post, the SAAMB confirmed the black mamba sighting on Durban beach, South Africa.
After being bitten by black mambas, the venom can cause dizziness and intense pain and within seven to 15 hours can be fatal unless anti-venom is administered.
The SAAMB said the report shocked the centre, which claimed people usually see any dark snake and assume it's the venomous creature.
It wrote: "We were however expecting this call because a large snake had recently been spotted on the South Pier.
"SAAMBR herpetologists Craig Smith and Lesley Labuschagne responded to the call for assistance from Metro Search and Rescue and headed immediately to the beach.
"Even though they were prepared to collect a black mamba it was an extraordinary experience rescuing this 2.47m long snake on the beach.
"Black mambas are uncommonly found along the coastal belt, preferring deep valley areas with thick vegetation.
"They are commonly found in areas such as Reservoir Hills, Westville and Krantzkloof, to name a few.
"This particular snake had possibly come down through the canals and rivers that run into the harbour."
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The SAAMB added: "The snake was so exhausted that when we approached her she hardly even noticed us.
"She was so easy to handle and thankfully remained calm while we transported her back to Ushaka Sea World where our resident veterinarian, Dr Francois Lampen, was standing by to assess her condition."
The mamba snake has been placed in the care of Ushaka Sea World until she regains her strength and is declared fit for reintroduction into a suitable habitat.
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