A number of national newspapers published photographs last week of a deer swimming a quarter of a mile off the Cornish coast, but failed to notice the animal in question was a roebuck rather than a red stag.

Rich Brown, 31, spotted the animal making its way across Duporth Bay near St Austell, Cornwall, while out with a group of friends.

He said: ?I just couldn?t tell what it was at first. It looked odd ? like a creature from the deep. When I managed to zoom in [with my camera] it became clear it was a red deer ? but it looked very strange out there.?

But according to deerstalker and Shooting Times contributor Graham Downing, it is actually not as clear as Mr Brown (or The Daily Telegraph or Daily Mail) thought.

The rest of this article appears in 11th May issue of Shooting Times.

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