rare sea snakes not extinct as thought

Rare short nosed sea snakes discovered Photo: Grant Griffin, W.A. Dept. Parks and Wildlife

Rare short nosed sea snakes discovered Photo: Grant Griffin, W.A. Dept. Parks and Wildlife

Rare short nosed sea snakes discovered.
Photo: Grant Griffin, W.A. Dept. Parks and Wildlife

Scientists have discovered two critically endangered species of sea snakes off the coast of Western Australia that were thought to be extinct. It is the first time they have been spotted alive on the Ashmore Reef in the Timor sea in more than 15 years. The spotting of short nose sea snakes was confirmed after examination of a Western Australia Parks and Wildlife Officer’s photo of the pair taken on Ningaloo Reef. The other discovery was of a significant population of the rare leaf scaled sea snake in the lush seagrass beds of Shark Bay.

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