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Battle of the Titans: Sea Snake versus Moray Eel

Discussion in 'Marine Life and Ecosystems' started by Soakedlontra, May 2, 2013.

  1. Soakedlontra

    Soakedlontra Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Puget Sound
    I don't know much about sea snakes. I have heard that they are highly poisonous. This video shows Nature at its worse but the ending is rather amazing. I have never seen anything like it:

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  2. miked

    miked Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Park Ridge NJ
    Great video, but the stuff of nightmares.
  3. supergaijin

    supergaijin Dive Shop

    Very cool indeed... in a slow-motion kind of way.
  4. whaylonsmithers

    whaylonsmithers Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    That is really cool. Did you see any sign of weather the eel died afterward? I presume snakes are toxic to eels, but it took off so energetically I wonder if it was injected with anything?
  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I think the snake had bit the eel, stunned it, started to eat it but couldn't get it done before the venom wore off.
    The snake seemed to go from sluggish to more active as the video progressed.
  6. Soakedlontra

    Soakedlontra Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Puget Sound
    I have no idea. I was not there. I found the video on Google while I was trying to identify some eels. I thought that sea snakes had a deadly poison so how the eel was able to be still alive after such a long period of time? Maybe it just paralyses the victim...

    ---------- Post added May 2nd, 2013 at 07:42 AM ----------

    It makes me think of monster movies...
  7. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    The snake venom is extremely potent--I am surprised that the eel survived.

    Notice that as soon as the eel escapes, the snake heads rapidly for the surface. I am going to hazard a guess that the snake intentionally released the eel when it realized it was not going to get the job done before needing to get more air. Remember that snakes do not have gills and must return to the surface to breathe.

    Sea snakes were land animals that returned to the sea to hunt. Venomous snakes normally strike and then retreat to allow the venom to work, so they don't have to fight an active animal for their meal. Sea snakes evolved an extremely potent poison because they don't have a lot of time to wait for it to do the job.
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