This Snake Has Been Hiding For 15 Years

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Believed to be extinct, a sighting of the short-nosed sea snake has been confirmed.  This Australian sea snake was last seen in 2000.

The sighting of two of these snakes occur just off of the Ningaloo Reef off the west coast of Australia.  A park ranger snapped a photo to confirm the species.  

The short-nosed sea snake was first listed as a critically endangered species in the late 1990s.  It has not been seen in its native waters of the Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea since 2000.

At one time the snort-nosed sea snake was the third most commonly recorded sea snake.  But a sharp decline in of sightings had made researchers and biologist believe that the species was extinct.

Although unconfirmed, it is believed that the decline in the population is due to trawler fisherman dragging nets along the reef.  On an encouraging note it appeared that the two snakes were courting each other, signalling a healthy habitat and a rebounding population.

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