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Sea Snakes

Discussion in 'Marine Life and Ecosystems' started by ScubaJoy65, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. mikerault

    mikerault ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Saw this fellow in Mazatlan Mexico just cruising around the bottom frequently pouncing on things under the sand...

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    Mike
     
  2. mislav

    mislav Dive Travel Professional

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    Here on Koh Tao, Thailand we have a banded sea snake that's supposed to be very shy and non-aggressive. On one of my dives however, while me and my buddy have been observing one snake lying on the rock it suddenly decided to swim towards me. As I was facing it at the time, I could only back away using my fins and so I did. At first slowly, but as it was getting closer I moved faster and further away. The snake has at first followed me for a while but once it realized I was moving away too quickly from it, it decided to go after my buddy who was watching this from a safe distance.

    As it turned its focus to him, he moved away quickly and the snake then just went straight up to the surface, close to the boat.

    I don't think this snake was aggressive, maybe just curious but I didn't want to stay too long and too close to find out exactly how it felt about us being there. :D
     
  3. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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    Are you sure that's not a Tiger Snake EEL ( Myricthys tigrinus or maculosus )?
     
  4. mikerault

    mikerault ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think you are right! Ever notice how hard it is to find something without knowng its name? Thanks!

    Mike
     
  5. Age

    Age Divemaster Candidate

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    Interestingly my unhappy sea snake also bounced off the front lens of my camera, but it was a 20mm that didn't focus that close.
     
  6. Age

    Age Divemaster Candidate

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    I wonder if it was the same snake:D It certainly looks like the same species
     

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