Highly Venomous Sea Snakes Wash Ashore on Plettenberg Bay Beaches Amid Rough Weather

Highly Venomous Sea Snakes Wash Ashore on Plettenberg Bay Beaches Amid Rough Weather

  • Due to choppy waves throughout last week resulted in two unusual objects to wash ashore on beaches
  • The two extremely poisonous sea snakes became trapped on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay
  • Experts have warned individuals not to approach these types of snakes as they contain poisonous substance
  • Briefly News spoke to Nick Evans, a Snake Catcher who shared safety precautions on when one come across a snake

Over the past week, rough sea conditions have caused unusual objects to wash ashore on beaches. Two extremely poisonous sea snakes that washed up on the shores of Plettenberg Bay were among them.

Two sea snakes were found on Plettenberg Bay beaches amid rough weather.
Two sea snakes wash ashore on Plettenberg Bay beaches amid rough weather. Image: Ken Griffiths
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Highly venomous sea snake stranded on WC beaches

According to The South African, two yellow-bellied sea snakes, which are primarily found in tropical regions worldwide, were washed ashore on the shores of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of the Western Cape.

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The publication further stated that experts advised against approaching these snakes up close. Although bites are rare, they can inject an extremely poisonous and potentially fatal neurotoxin.

Marine ranger weighs in on the situation

Chanel Hauvette, senior field marine ranger for CapeNature, says that local snake experts have successfully rescued the two snakes since then.

According to the Knysna-Plett Herald, they are stabilising the snakes and fostering their recovery in a nearby aquarium.

“Once sea conditions have improved and the snakes are in good condition to be released, we will take them out to sea where conditions are favourable and release them back into the wild," said Chanel Hauvette, who told the publication.

Safety precautions when dealing with a snake

It can be quite frightening to come across a snake, but it's important to handle the situation carefully and gently.

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While speaking to Briefly News Nick Evans said one should stay calm around snakes by avoiding sudden movements or loud noises that might provoke them, as most snakes won’t attack unless they feel threatened.

The snaker cater went on to say that to assess the risk, try to identify the snake from a safe distance, especially if it appears to be poisonous. Regardless of your belief that a snake is not poisonous, you should never approach or provoke one as they may react defensively.

"When a snake is in a public place, gently warn anyone around it to stay away until it leaves on its own," he shared.

Nick suggested that indivul swho entour snakes should speak with the local wildlife authorities or snake removal professionals for assistance with snakes that appear injured, trapped, or threatening to people's safety.

Massive Snake Invades Student Accommodation in TikTok Video, SA stunned

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Briefly News previously reported that one massive snake invaded a student accommodation, which astonished many people online, and the clip went viral.

The footage shared by @zandiey458 on the video platform shows the snake lying on the window of a student accommodation. The clip baffled many and became a viral hit on TikTok, capturing the attention of netizens. @zandiey458's video clocked over 510K views, thousands of likes and many comments on TikTok.

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Source: Briefly News

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Johana Mukandila (Editor) Johana Tshidibi Mukandila has been a Human Interest Reporter at Briefly News since 2023. She holds a national diploma in journalism from the Cape Peninsula University Of Technology (2023). She has worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, PAICTA, BONA Magazine and Albella Music Production. She is currently furthering her education in journalism at the CPUT. She has passed a set of trainings from Google News Initiative. Reach her at johana.mukandila@briefly.co.za

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