Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Few Notes on Sea Snakes(taken from the Oceana Network)

One of the greatest threats to the health of marine ecosystems and the viability of many marine species is the commercial discarding of species that are deemed to have little or no economic value.

One group of marine animals that are too often given short shrift by marine managers, academics, and the public at large, could be considered invisible victims of commercial fishing operations in the Indo-Pacific oceans, where significant levels of bycatch and discarding occurs.

Sea snakes are the most abundant and widely dispersed group of poisonous reptiles in the world. Approximately 70 species of sea snakes live throughout the warm tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific (they are not found in the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea) and account for 86 percent of marine reptile species alive today.

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