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  • Banded sea kraits are one of the most venomous creatures on the planet,

  • but they are little danger to divers.

  • Their mouths are tiny

  • and while underwater they are prepossessed with hunting

  • for their natural prey of eels and fishes.

  • The tail has evolved into a flat paddle

  • which the snake uses to propel itself through the water.

  • Although superbly adapted to life underwater,

  • the sea krait is still an air-breathing reptile

  • and it will surface to breath every few minutes.

  • A hawksbill turtle also takes a breath of air at the surface

  • and then makes its way back to the seabed in search of food.

  • In the Andaman the hawksbill turtle is the most common of these ancient reptiles.

  • Hawksbill turtles have a wide-ranging diet

  • that includes cnidarians such as these hammer coral polyps

  • and this jellyfish.

  • Sadly they can be quite indiscriminate in their eating habits

  • and are easily poisoned by eating plastic bottles

  • and other man-made debris.

  • This turtle appears to mistake my camera lens for food.

  • Whereas the hawksbill has two pairs of plates between its eyes,

  • the green turtle has just a single pair,

  • and a less pronounced beak.

  • At Donald Duck Bay, one or two green turtles

  • often hang around moored boats in search of food.

  • With care, they can be fed by hand.

  • Harlequin shrimps have very interesting eating habits.

Banded sea kraits are one of the most venomous creatures on the planet,

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Sea Snakes and Turtles - Reef Life of the Andaman - Part 20

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    Yue Hua Liu posted on 2013/12/13
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