A fisherman has captured the moment a killer sea snake and extremely venomous stonefish locked jaws in a fierce battle to the death.
The moment happened at Port Darwin in Australia while spearfishing champion Rick Trippe was out on his boat.
The seasoned veteran released the animals from their stalemate after intervening, however, the pair immediately re-engaged.
Speaking about the incident, Rick told Daily Mail Australia: “With curiosity we motored over to find this massive thick sea snake close to two metres long, with a poisonous fish in its mouth.”
“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.”
“Being an animal lover, I grabbed the snake just behind the head with serious precaution, knowing that sea snakes are highly venomous. I removed the poisonous fish from its mouth and body.”
“I then released the now happy snake away from its feed. It was amazing how it sprang back to life and looked so happy the moment I put it back into the ocean. But moments later, I saw the snake swim around making a beeline for the fish for a second attempt.”
Mr Trippe went on to say that both the fish and snake would have died eventually, after poisoning each other in the battle.
Oh, and Trippe also helped save this horse two weeks ago. Top guy!