Sea Snakes of Northern Australia
A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. They are usually washed up after rough weather and are often injured/sick or pregnant. Where it is possible we make every effort to return them to the sea, even if it does mean a rather long walk when the tide is out. Sometimes it is too late, as they are deceased and Brahminy Kites and White-bellied Sea-Eagles usually take advantage of the situation. By returning them to the sea we do give them a chance and if they do not survive then they are in an environment where they will be naturally “recycled”. The most common species we see are the Stoke’s Sea Snake Astrotia stokesii, Dubois’ Sea Snake Aipysurus duboisii and the Olive Sea Snake Aipysurus laevis. The Olive Sea Snake is the one that varies the most in it’s colouration. I hope you enjoy these photos!
Olive Sea Snake that has had a dog visit it on the beach
Olive Sea Snake with obvious bulge
Stoke’s Sea Snake
Stoke’s Sea Snake with wounds
Dubois’ Sea Snake
Dubois’ Sea Snake being returned to the sea!
Sometimes we come across other unfortunate creatures that have got caught up in the tide and need some help, so we also do what we can.
Carpet Shark washed up
Carpet shark being returned to the sea
I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into our varied wildlife here in the north of Australia.