28 Dec '15, 11am

Rare sea snakes, thought to be extinct, discovered in Western Australia

Rare sea snakes, thought to be extinct, discovered in Western Australia

Two rare species of sea snakes , thought to have been extinct, have been sighted by scientists in Western Australia. Neither species, whose only known habitats were a pair of reefs in the Timor Sea, has been seen since 2002. “This discovery is really exciting. We get another chance to protect these two endemic Western Australian sea snake species,” says Blanche D’Anastasi, lead author of the report about the find. Western Australia Parks and Wildlife Officer, Grant Griffin spotted the two short nosed sea snakes off Ningaloo Reef. He managed to snap a photo of them and sent the shot to D’Anastasi at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. “We were blown away. These potentially extinct snakes were there in plain sight, living on one of Australia’s natural icons, Ningaloo Reef,” says D’Anastasi. Even more exciting is that the pair of snak...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/rare-sea-snakes-thought-to-be-extinc...

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