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Deadly Battle: Sea Snake v. Poison Fish

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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150901173418-sea-snake-and-stone-fish-1-exlarge-169These are two venomous creatures you generally want to avoid when you see in the ocean: the sea snake and the stone fish.  Sea snakes and stone fish contain venom, and although not likely to bite unless threatened, you generally want to steer clear of these guys. Rick Trippe, a champion spear fisherman in Australia, caught the epic battle between these two venomous creatures on camera. Trippe was on his boat in Darwin coming back from a fishing trip, when he noticed something floating in the water. Upon closer view, he could see the sea snake and the poison fish had bitten each other and were not letting go. Trippe knew that if he left the creatures in the water as they were interlocked in an epic death grip, both animals would die. Although it was too late for the stone fish, Trippe mastered some serious bravery and removed the fish from the sea snake. Immediately after removing the snake, it went back  to devour the new dead stone fish for dinner. Its important to note that Trippe had experience handling venomous snakes both above water and below.So obviously, and this should go without saying, but without similar experience, don’t try this act of bravery yourself. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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