Saturday, 7 June 2014

Sea Snakes: My Only Sighting

My earlier Post on the survival of  sea snakes at sea reminded me that I have only seen sea snakes in the wild once, and that was while gently walking from the restaurant at the Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah (North Borneo) in 1999. The snakes were crawling among the rocks below the concrete platform that forms the sea front. They were Laticauda colubrina, the banded sea snake. This site is mentioned in the Wikipedia article on this species as a place where they occasionally come ashore. According to that article, the males come ashore in the early evening and the females later.

I was very pleased to find the above photograph from Getty Images since it is by Sue Flood, a great photographer and a great person to travel with.