sea snake

ocean drifter

storm stranded on shore

lonely death

As we followed the fox prints across Norman Beach at Wilson’s Promontory National Park Jill spotted this dead and partly decomposed Yellow Bellied Sea Snake. The fox had clearly decided not to snack on it and soon the body would have been taken out by the tide. WE have never seen one of these snakes. They generally drift on the warmer South Pacific currents and live, feed and die on the water right across the Pacific Ocean. They rarely reach the colder Southern coast of the mainland or Tasmania. There had been some storms in the Tasman Sea in April and probably this poor little snake was churned around and dragged down into colder waters leading to its death.

This is my contribution to RonovanWrites weekly haiku poetry prompt challenge 156 OCEAN & SHORE.  To read all the other haiku responses to Ronovan’s challenge visit



25 thoughts on “sea snake

  1. I’m not a fan of snakes Denis but your photos made me feel quite sad for the poor thing. I have to say that your haiku and photos certainly evoke empathy for the poor snake.


    1. Nature at work Lizl but also we wonder if climate change has contributed. This was Winter time and a long way from home, did slightly warmer currents lure the snake down then the storm kicked in.


  2. Yikes~~ those sea snakes freak me out so bad. When I first saw your photo I was like… Denis is a crazy Aussie man *LOL* When I read and realised that it was a dead snake, you instantly sound more normal 😛


    1. We were in Fiji swimming after a cyclone once, there were sea snakes everywhere, on the sea bed, in the water, heads out of the water, after a while we quietly got out. But generally Joyce snakes are not a problem we have them everywhere here. Usually they get out of the way. Its the Tiger snakes in the mating season that get nasty.

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