It was a sight to behold: a dangerous sea snake and a venomous stonefish locked in a deadly embrace. And Australian spearfishing champion Rick Trippe not only witnessed the fight, he also snapped a few photos and stuck his hands in the middle to intervene.
Trippe recounted the sight to Daily Mail Australia, saying that as an animal lover he felt he should do something before the sea creatures killed each other.
“With curiosity we motored over to find this massive thick sea snake close to two metres long, with a poisonous fish in its mouth,” Trippe said to Daily Mail Australia. “The fish had a great hold on the sea snake and both looked very sad. I’m not too sure I’ve ever seen a snake looking sad before.”
He then removed the poisonous fish from the mouth of the sea snake and released them both separately back into Darwin’s Harbor.
Of course, even with Trippe’s intervention, the fight did not end peacefully. As soon as the snake was re-released into the water, Trippe said he saw the ferocious animal re-engage in its death battle with the deadly piscine creature. On the snake’s second attempt, Trippe says he believes the snake came out victorious, but only briefly: the beast was likely already poisoned by the fish.