Hi friends and thanks for stopping by
We had days and days of flood rain during this Christmas break which resulted in dirty seas full of yellow foam and post-storm debris.
Here is a photo taken on the beach across the road from where I live. Not much fun for the holiday tourists!
The fishermen tell stories about the Yellow-bellied sea snakes which are often found along the East Coast of NSW after strong onshore winds or storms.
Their fangs are quite short (~ 1.5mm) and only a small dose of venom is usually injected, however this venom is highly toxic and contains potent neurotoxins and myotoxins. Symptoms include muscle pain and stiffness, drooping eyelids, drowsiness and vomiting, and a serious bite can lead to total paralysis and death. This species has caused fatalities overseas, however none have been recorded in Australia.
Gosh I'm glad I found out this information AFTER my teenage son and his friends spent a couple of hours romping around the beach in the foam yesterday.