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Sea Snake and Venomous Stonefish in Epic Jaw Lock Battle in Australia

August 31, 2015



A sea snake and a stonefish, both venomous creatures of the ocean, were battling it out in Darwin Harbor, Australia when Australian diver Rick Trippe happened upon the duo and made an attempt to separate the predator from the prey.


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sea snake in epic battle with stonefish

Rick Trippe

This sea snake and a stonefish were essentially in a stalemate when diver Rick Trippe happened upon them and tried to separate them.

The snake had a firm grip on the stonefish and the stonefish was not letting go of its grip on the snake. Trippe told Daily Mail Australia

Trippe was able to separate the two and released them back into the water, but the sea snake made a beeline back to his snack and engaged the stonefish again.  It wasn’t mentioned which animal won the epic battle. Trippe told the Daily Mail if he had let them be, it probably would’t have turned out too well for either animal, as they were essentially in a stalemate. So the question is, should Mr. Trippe, a self-professed animal lover have intervened or should he have let nature take its course? 

Currently there are 62 known species of sea snake in the world. The sea snakes in Australia include Aipysurus laevis, Astrotia stokesii, Enhydrina schistosa and Hyprodhis ornatus, to name a few.


John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

 

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