Sea Snakes and Turtles – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 20

Sea Snakes and Turtles – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 20

Banded sea kraits are one of the most venomous creatures on the planet, but they are little danger to divers. Their mouths are tiny and while underwater they are prepossessed with hunting for their natural prey of eels and fishes. The tail has evolved into a flat paddle which the snake uses to propel itself through the water. Although superbly adapted to life underwater, the sea krait is still an air-breathing reptile and it will surface to breath every few minutes. A hawksbill turtle also takes a breath of air at the surface and then makes its way back to the seabed in search of food. In the Andaman the hawksbill turtle is the most common of these ancient reptiles. Hawksbill turtles have a wide-ranging diet that includes cnidarians such as these hammer coral polyps and this jellyfish. Sadly they can be quite indiscriminate in their eating habits and are easily poisoned by eating plastic bottles and other man-made debris. This turtle appears to mistake my camera lens for food. Whereas the hawksbill has two pairs of plates between its eyes, the green turtle has just a single pair, and a less pronounced beak. At Donald Duck Bay, one or two green turtles often hang around moored boats in search of food. With care, they can be fed by hand. Harlequin shrimps have very interesting eating habits.

Randy Schultz

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40 thoughts on “Sea Snakes and Turtles – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 20

  1. Bubble Vision says:

    The following captions/subtitles are available by clicking the CC button under the video:
    – English narration
    – German narration
    – Spanish narration
    – English (+ scientific names) names of the marine life and dive sites
    – German (+ scientific names) names of the marine life and dive sites
    - Dutch (+ scientific names) names of the marine life and dive sites
    Please get in touch if you would like to help with other languages.

  2. badhans1307 says:

    awesome !! im diving in phuket this time , trying to make some video whit my canon g12 … hope one day i can do video like that .. great work , thank !!!!

  3. badhans1307 says:

    awesome !! im diving in phuket this time , trying to make some video whit my canon g12 … hope one day i can do video like that .. great work , thank !!!!

  4. Michelle Hall says:

    great video!

  5. MrTheJacos says:

    i saw a sea snake while scuba diving once, it scared the hell outta me but i was only 4 lol

  6. GaijinGuide says:

    I wouldn't suggest touching or feeding sea life.

  7. teddyboy Last says:

    unbelievably beautiful shots

  8. Earl Harman says:

    Nick, these are just beautiful videos. I am glad that I have subscribed to them. I have a small (50 gallon) reef tank in my home. I just love the life and watching my fish swim amongst the live rock and corals, it's such a joy. It would be interesting to know where these different dive areas of sea life are and how they acquired their different names such as donald duck. Thank you for the videos, it is my favorite site on You Tube.

  9. Bubble Vision says:

    Thanks. I have an index showing which area each of the dive sites is in at bubblevisionDOTcom/dive-ditesDOThtm. Turn on captions on this video with the CC button to show the dive site and marine life names. Donald Duck Bay is in the Similan Islands in Thailand and so-named because of a huge granite boulder alongside it that looks like Donald Duck's head.

  10. Earl Harman says:

    Thank you, as I said before, I really enjoy the videos and I will check that out. I have the captioning on and I am intrigued with your dives. I went to see my son in Guam quite a few years back and we went snorkeling in the bay and it was beautiful.

  11. Charles Lueders says:

    While the photography was wonderful, I found the feeding and physical contact with the fish and turtles juvenile at best and harmful to the longterm health of the animal at its worst. Just look, you don't have to touch.

  12. Bubble Vision says:

    I too have some concerns about that. The boats at the Similans throw some of their biodegradable waste food overboard, and I believe the turtles first approached boats at Donald Duck Bay to eat it. Then it developed into snorkellers sometimes feeding the turtles as you can see here. I have no idea if feeding them bananas, salad etc. does them any harm. I guess they have a pretty robust digestion. At least it's better than plastic bags! This was filmed in 2006. I have no idea if it still happens.

  13. VolCAVRON Luna says:

    such a beautiful snake… do you know what species of moray eels do they eat?

  14. Bubble Vision says:

    They have a diet consisting almost entirely of eels of the order Anguilliform and families Congridae, Muraenidae, and Ophichthidae. Species of eels include Echidna nebulosa, Gymnothorax bayeri, G. buroensis, G. fimbriatus and Lycodontis pictus and Conger cinereus.

  15. VolCAVRON Luna says:

    thank you very much for the reply, I guess keeping these in captivity will be a run for my money, so I'll stick with terrestrial elapids

  16. Denis Ananiadis says:

    good filming

  17. Priscilla says:

    Sea turtles are sooooo cute <3

  18. Makpak Beans says:

    what if a shark came from knowhere?

    i love the underwater world but i dont think i could go down there and explore it… just the fear of a shark creaping up and biting my shit off

  19. Bubble Vision says:

    Sharks do come from nowhere! …and they don't bite your shit off.

  20. Kenny Scales Jr says:

    Iam doing a research project about sea turtles and i was wondering if you can give me some info about them my email is

  21. cj baxter says:

    Did he say fishes?

  22. Bubble Vision says:


  23. GreekStuff says:

    omg i am afraid of snakes :}

  24. Chris Marco says:

    You are AWESOME guys! Thanks amillion!

  25. Bubble Vision says:

    Watch the full 2-hour documentary at: Reef Life of the Andaman (full marine biology documentary) … Coral reefs, tropical fish, sharks, stingrays, marine life, shipwrecks etc. from Thailand and Burma.

  26. buena malicia says:

    que belleza!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Milla Tiainen says:

    when this idiot learn; NO touching turtles and NO feeding. Our food is not good for turtles. Also touching them can make harm. They can get bakteris from your hand and get infections

  28. Davy van Oss says:

    the cameralens looks like a jellyfish

  29. chandradip rana says:

    The ocean is a huge aquarium and humans can appreciate beauty.

  30. Hara Zervou says:

    iiajakaa he

  31. shanobot says:

    Nice footage. Feeding the turtles though? Not very cool. I can see a lost finger very soon, plus we as humans shouldn't upset their diet.

  32. Christopher Shimp says:

    I see we have 42 tree huggers here… I read an article recently about owls. The tree hugger author said if you are a photographer taking pictures of owls and an owl has to take time to focus on you, than you are molesting and interfering. Mother of god herself thinks you people suck !

  33. shay johnson says:

    ewwwwwwww snakes 😝

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  35. Gunny Daddybeagle says:

    Great video guys!!

  36. momo lolo says:

    Music name?

  37. doobie in a subie says:

    it's illegal to touch sea turtles or alter/ influence their daily life such as feeding them

  38. Marcus Nez says:

    Hmmm…they look pretty harmless…pick it up and swing it around a few times like a bolo…Good1

  39. Antonella Ferrari says:


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