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Old 22-03-2011, 06:50   #1
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Sea Snake in the Toilet

friends cruising the philipines found a 1meter sea snake today in the saloon,speculating that it came through the toilet system.

we have found them in the dingy before,suspect this might be a more plausable route aboard.

anybody else had sea snake encounters?
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Old 22-03-2011, 07:00   #2
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

One of our divemasters worked on a research vessel, and would regularly haul them up in nets with fish - he'd just take 'em by the back of the head and toss 'em back into water. Yuk. Yuk, yuk, ewwwwww.....

First one of the season swam by boat to say hi yesterday.
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Old 22-03-2011, 07:11   #3
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

Aren't there some super toxic ones?
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Old 22-03-2011, 07:18   #4
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

think that they are all super toxic,doesn't bare thinking about,if you were actually sitting on the john when it poped its head out!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

The ones we have in a Gulf will kill you in half an hour - no chance to get to a hospital with antidote. It's said they're so small they can't get their teeth in, but we have huge mamas here... and they have evil eyes.

The first time I saw one, I was on a Hobie Cat, on a 60 mile trip. I saw what looked like a coil of very thick mooring line ahead. As we were about 2m away, with it 1m off our starboard hull (where I was sitting), this piece of 'mooring line' lifted it's massive head, pointed it straight at me, and gave me the evilest look you could ever imagine.

Have you ever seen how smooth a Hobie Cat mast is? Well, I climbed that damn thing in a split second.... Screamed so loud the snake took a nose dive. Must have been a hundred yards long....
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

... there's no way a snake could get thru the pump valves of a marine toilet.
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

One of the many reasons I love the sea is the shortage of snakes. I really can't stand them.
The very idea of one in the heads is a key reason for us having a composting heads system.
God I hate snakes.

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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

i think up the anchor chain or swim ladder or dingy are more plausable routes.

but this is the msg from yacht "jennifer" in the philipines,quote:

"S/Y Jennifer is under sail to Manila. Suddenly a cry from the galley, an almost one meter long seasnake on the floor. We killed it, but how did it get there? A mystery."

"Perhaps the snake came throught one of the toiletts, but that wd mean through a hose, the first holding tank, a hose again, second holdingtank, a hose and up the toilettunit and into the boat. That is a long way..."
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

This land snake got washed out into the anchorage in a storm on decided out transom looked good.
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This land snake got washed out into the anchorage in a storm on decided out transom looked good.
What did you do with it??
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

noelex,by the shape of the head it looks to be part of the boa family?
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

Our neighbor had a snake dropped onto the boat by an Osprey. The bird just couldn't hold on to the snake.
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What did you do with it??
Armed with my sea boots and a boat hook I persuaded him/ her that the storm had calmed down and a nice swim would be a good idea.

I grew up in Australia and there has been a few close encounters of the slippery kind.
Once when camping my wife and I were sitting in a river, with water up to our knees, reading (it was very hot) when I saw a snake that had swum across the river climbing up my wife’s leg. She couldn’t feel it because of the rushing water.
I panicked and screamed which fortunately had the desired effect and the snake went flying onto the riverbank as my wife kicked it off.
She said later I should have just calmly said Angela stay still there’s a snake crawling up your leg, stay still and it will swim off.
She is pretty calm in a crisis, but I still wonder if it would have worked.?
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noelex,by the shape of the head it looks to be part of the boa family?
I can identify them in Australia (Its important to know when bitten if you will survive 10mins, or half an hour ) but this was in Greece so I have no idea.
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Re: sea snake in the toilet?

I really hate snakes...just reading this gives me the eebe gebe's.
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