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All kind of things wash on shore. But a struggling snake shocked Florida beachgoers

Beachgoers, like this man in Dania Beach in this September 2017 file photo, might find many things washing up on shore. But people at a Pensacola Beach shore on Sept. 25, 2018, didn’t need a metal detector to spot a struggling snake trying to make it out of the water.
Beachgoers, like this man in Dania Beach in this September 2017 file photo, might find many things washing up on shore. But people at a Pensacola Beach shore on Sept. 25, 2018, didn’t need a metal detector to spot a struggling snake trying to make it out of the water. dsantiago@miamiherald.com

All sorts of things have come out of the water onto the shore:

An alligator swimming and sunning itself off Fort Myers Beach.

A crocodile emerging from the surf near Margaritaville.

A giant eye in Pompano Beach that looked like it came from a sea monster.

Illegal contraband. Everywhere.

Ursula Andress in a bikini before a grateful Sean Connery in a James Bond adventure set in Jamaica.

But all of these occurrences didn’t make the sight of a struggling three-foot snake trying to make it to shore on a Pensacola Beach Tuesday afternoon any less startling, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

People on the beach saw the tired snake and its valiant effort to seek safety on the sand around 4 p.m. One of the beachgoers, Rhonda Saunders, told the News Journal she saw a crowd gathering and snapping pictures of “something that had washed up on the beach.”

When she got closer, she saw it was a snake and she was quite surprised. And felt for the poor critter.

“We felt sorry for it, struggling like that. But I certainly wasn’t gonna help it out,” she told the News Journal.

A woman from animal control in Escambia County used a net with a long handle to corral the snake and cart it away in a carrier. No word on whether the snake was relieved to be free of its exhausting journey, but we can only guess it was.

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