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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Fish and snake caught in middle of epic battle by Australian fisherman
Battle: The snake and fish fight it out
A spear fisherman has caught on camera a bizarre battle between what appears to be one of the world's most
Rick Trippe spotted the epic battle between the sea snake and a what appeared to be a stonefish off Darwin last Thursday.
His photos of the struggle went viral.
Mr Trippe said he had been diving on a World War Two wreck in Darwin Harbour when he came across the pair.
The fisherman said he drew on his experience of fishing pythons out of his chicken coop when he pulled the wrestling creatures from the water, clutching the snake under its mouth.
Incredible: Rick Trippe fished the creatures from the water
"I'm silly but not mad. I knew this was dangerous. I knew if I grabbed it I wouldn't get the bitten.
"I could hear the fish croaking so I let them both go, but the snake made a beeline back to the fish."
The highly venomous snake eventually came out on top, but it could possibly have died as well from the potentially deadly stonefish, reported the BBC.
The venom released from the 13 spines on a stonefish's back can kill a human in two hours if not treated.
September 02, 2015
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