A TOURIST told yesterday how he was bitten by a poisonous sea snake – in Cornwall, UK.
Shocked Dan Muldowney was left in agony, bleeding and feeling dizzy for ten days after the attack.
The 4ft creature sank its fangs into his bare shin while he was bodyboarding on holiday with his family – leaving a double puncture wound.
It also bit him on the thigh but failed to penetrate his knee-length wetsuit.
Dan, 27, who believes he was the victim of a tropical species normally found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, said: “I felt something like a clump of seaweed against my leg, then a bang.
“When I looked in front of me I saw a snake with a black head shaped like a cobra – I clearly remember seeing its wide neck. No sooner had I seen it than it was gone.”
The attack at the popular resort of Newquay came just weeks after a fisherman saw a sea snake swimming at Whitsands in south-east Cornwall.
Dan, a surveyor, was enjoying a break with girlfriend Kenize Akhtar and their four children when he was bitten.