New Species: Spiny Sea Snake Discovered in Australia
There aren’t many things that would keep underwater photographers out of the water—but a new, spiny and venomous sea snake might do the trick.
The snake is the first of it’s kind to be discovered with spiny scales according to scientists, a weapon secondary to its potent venom. The snake was actually discovered when it landed on the deck of a marine research vessel in the dangerous Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria.
Scientists don’t expect to be conducting field observations very soon—the murky water where the snakes were found is also well known for saltwater crocs, bull sharks and box jellyfish.
"If we tried to dive there, our life expectancy would be measured in minutes. The only question is which animal would kill us,” joked Bryan Fry, the snake’s co-finder.
"My money is on the bull sharks," he added.