A Darwin man has stumbled upon two venomous sea creatures locked in each other’s jaws.
On 27 August, spear fisherman Rick Trippe discovered a sea snake and a stonefish while diving in Darwin Harbour. Both were biting each other.
He scooped the feuding pair into his boat with his bare hands for a closer look. Naturally.
“I knew this was dangerous,” Mr Trippe told the BBC. To prevent injury, he grabbed the snake under its mouth.
“I knew if I grabbed it I wouldn’t get the bitten.”
It seems the snake won the battle, though it might have been a pyrrhic victory, as stonefish are one of the most venomous fish in the world.
The fish secrete a powerful neurotoxin from their dorsal fin spines. In one of Mr Trippe’s photos, the fish’s spines can be seen near the snake’s body.