While leading diving excursions aboard Coralita for Wally Muller, we recorded our highlights on 16mm underwater film.
The above is Tom Allen – a reptile expert who was working with the Wild Kingdom TV crew when we made this still. Tom Allen’s diving CV is amazing.
Insert Stokesi sea snake pictures here.
A big Stokes sea snake (stokesi) holds enough venom to kill a dozen divers. They don’t see us as being anything worth biting unless for their own defense, so you don’t do anything to annoy them.
The bite of any sea snake is to be avoided, venom is stronger than most land snakes.
The medical anti-venene used to treat sea snake bites is also a hazard and is only given as a last ditch effort – if given too soon it kills you.
This picture was taken offshore at Yeppoon, Queensland. Model: Christine Danaher.