"I have always wondered how sea snakes
seem to know I am there before they see me," D'Anastasi said.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science describes Australia as a "global hotspot" for sea snakes
, as it's home to 30 of the 70 known species worldwide.
There are over 65 species of sea snakes
in the tropical waters of the Southern Hemisphere, ranging from Africa to the Gulf of Panama.
Each of the sea snakes
can generate about 9.25 megawatts of electricity; enough to power 1,500 households.
They are embodied, in embryo, in the Mariner's luminous encounter with the sea snakes
, whether Coleridge was fully conscious of it or not (and Coleridge, we should remember, was a pioneering thinker in regards to the workings of the unconscious).
Hence the species on page 156 is the Yellow Sea Snake
and not the Short Sea Snake
described on the facing page.
And then there is the night market, perhaps more alarming than charming, being something of a food zoo where chicken and noodles are sold alongside goat testicles and star fish, skewered sea-horses and scorpions, sea snakes
Bryan Fry, a biologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia, does just that with rattlesnakes, king cobras, death adders, sea snakes
, and other reptiles most of us would rather avoid.
It's the Laocoon, Harry Potter--style: Just as the Trojan priest was attacked by sea snakes
as punishment for correctly predicting the future, so this wizard seems to have been hoisted by his own starry petard.
Whole-body reconstructions of this species often depict it with a compressed paddle-like tail as seen in Recent sea snakes
of the family Hydrophiidae (e.g., 3, 4, 6).
Inclusion of exotic subjects, such as treatment of bites by sea snakes
and scorpions and attacks by large animals, makes for interesting reading.
are just one of hundreds of by-catch species caught by trawlers in Australia's Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF).