Sea Snake Mating Dance

Dear Critters,

What do you fear? I’m not sure what I fear anymore. When people describe me as fearless, I have to think very hard of reasons why they might be wrong. Remember that old saying ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?’ Well after having cancer four times in four years (along with a bunch of major surgeries and my oncologist recently handing me a death sentence), I have been forced to confront my own mortality on many occasions. As a result, I must confess that fear no longer plays the role in my life that it once did. I think this image sums me up pretty well:

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I know that many people fear snakes (and that my dear friend Mini will no doubt choose not to read this post!) I ceased to be fearful of them the first time I petted one under controlled conditions (though I am as always conflicted by the idea of any wild creature being kept in captivity).

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That said, I have been completely fascinated by sea snakes in particular since first diving with banded sea snakes in the Philippines in 2012.

One of the dive sites on my recent underwater expedition to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea was Snake Pit, half way between Lizard Island and Ribbon Reef.

This was truly one of the most critter rich sites of the trip, featuring reef sharks, large turtles, potato cod, schools of barracudas, a massive moray eel and more (which will all feature in the next video I post).

But for me the highlight of this dive was getting to swim with the beautiful olive sea snakes after whom ‘The Pit’ is named. No-one could accuse these snakes of being shy; they love to get up-close-and-personal with any camera lens to admire their own gorgeous reflection. Even more exciting was the rare opportunity to witness and film their graceful mating dance!

After we returned to the surface, Abe told me that after I went on to film the moray eel hiding under a rock ledge, the amorous snakes continued their elegant mating dance, wrapping themselves around and between my fins (further evidence that I must somehow convince him to also dive with a camera! 😛 )

I am not suggesting that snakes are harmless (nor would I make such a suggestion about sharks that I adore diving with). Olive sea snakes are in fact highly venomous, just as the venom of many land snakes can be deadly. However, these snakes are known to be very docile. As with most marine creatures (such as blue ringed octopuses), they are extremely unlikely to cause any harm unless put in a position where they must defend themselves.

When we enter their world, we must do so with awe, wonder and the deepest respect. We know and accept the associated risks but do all we can to mitigate them by exercising a healthy measure of caution.

While I will be super-excited to show you my next video of huge fish schools, turtles and more, sharing this beautiful olive sea snake mating dance with you brings a wide smile to my face and bountiful bliss to my heart.

May joy and peace be yours today, and may all of your fears dissolve and may courage, hope and awe-inspired wonder take their place.

Love and bubbles,

PT xxx

ps Tank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. While you’re here, please check out a few more of my underwater adventures … and don’t forget to like Pink Tank Scuba on Facebook! 🙂

pps Stay tuned for my next video post, featuring other critters and dive sites from the outer Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea – coming soon!

 

 

15 thoughts on “Sea Snake Mating Dance

    • Brilliant picture, waterdogphotographyblog – absolutely love it! Kinda jealous and uber-impressed with that capture 🙂 Ok, now stop pining for Australia, Girl – just grab your fins and come dive with me already! *not kidding* 🙂 These snakes are just way too photogenic – I could swim with them forever! So … got your ticket booked for Down Under yet??? 😉 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      • Thank you! I absolutely loved our week there! So many places to dive! I’ll have to live the pier through your posts. Keep them coming. You truly inspire a love for life, all life, through your posts.

  1. Thanks for the post. How did you know that I am afraid of snakes? You are an inspiration to us all. Keep writing. I look forward to your posts.

    • Tank you once again for your kind words, realsomefoya 🙂 I know that lots of people fear snakes, but as with most things, they are probably more scary in the mind than they are in the flesh – particularly sea snakes which can be just so friendly and sociable with people 🙂 I was quite surprised that the 95.7KJR radio Facebook page chose to share this video as so many people seem to suffer from snake aversion, but I appreciate the opportunity to show anyone with a phobia a new perspective 🙂 Tank you as always for encouraging me and inspiring me to write – I appreciate it with all my heart 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  2. Thanks PT. Brings back great memories.i got some new kit today and have started planning my next trip. Can’t wait to blow more bubbles.
    Keep the inspiration coming. You give me great energy.

    • It’s so nice to be able to relive those dives through the magic that is film, Andrew! Excited that you have new gear and are planning your next trip – details?? Our next trip is planned as well – aiming for mantas at North Stradbroke Island before the end of the year! 100% cannot wait!!!!! 😀 I really appreciate your kind words – more than happy to share the energy with you, Friend 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Wow – tanks so much for your kind words, Seafarrwide! Tanks for taking the time to visit and to share some of these special underwater adventures with me 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Tank you so much, madamsabi – I am encouraged and inspired by you also, and I am eternally grateful for your prayers. Love and bubbles, PT

    • Tank you so much for your amazingly kind words, dreamwalkeramrita – so glad you are enjoying Pink Tank Scuba! I look forward to sharing many more adventures with you! Hope your week is being super-nice to you 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

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