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Beware the sea snake

Out of the world’s 25 most dangerous snakes, Australia has 21 – including about 30 different species of sea snakes, a bite from which can be swiftly lethal.

An unnamed young British backpacker found out how swift death can follow when he was hauling up a catch onboard a fishing trawler near Groote Island. It’s apparently the first recorded sea snake death.

A seasnake bite may not be painful but stiffness, muscle aches, possible jaw spasms and then pain swiftly follow, succeeded by blurred vision, drowsiness and respiratory paralysis.

Picture source: Aleksandr Abrosimov