Are there sea snakes in Maldives? Well…technically, yes. Practically they are very sneaky and it’s almost impossible to see one. Whenever someone comes up to me saying: “I have seen a sea snake”, my first thought is… “maybe it was something else pretending to be a snake…” but then there are times, when people prove me wrong!
Sea snakes are not common encounters in the Maldives, but there is one species which may be seen every now and then… so rarely that I have not seen it in five years… Yesterday was the lucky day… for someone else, not me!
Here is a picture of the encounter made in one of our most common snorkelling spots, Angafaru. The snake is called Yellow-bellied sea snake (Pelamis platurus) and it’s mostly encountered swimming in open water, drifting around, looking for fishes.
The last time a guest told me he had encountered a snake, it was 4 years ago when they found one on the shore at Soneva Fushi. These animals are sometimes seen washed up on beaches after storms and rough sea.
Being reptiles, they must breath above water, but they are great freedivers capable of staying underwater for several hours.
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