The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has confirmed the identification of a new whale species to Ireland.

The IWDG says genetic testing of the remains of an animal which stranded in Glengarriff, Co Cork earlier this month confirms it was a dwarf sperm whale.

Examination of the remains of the 2.25m whale at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Cork revealed it was pregnant and there was no obvious cause of death.

The dwarf sperm whale is a deep-diving species normally found in tropical and temperate zones.

It has never previously been recorded in Ireland and there is only one record of dwarf sperm whale in the UK - a sighting and photograph of one off Cornwall in October 2011.

The IWDG says it "remains to be seen" whether there will be more strandings of this "warm water" species in Ireland and the UK following the impacts of climate change.

This whale's skeleton will be given to the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History in Dublin.