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UAE: Residents warned of sea snakes on beaches; definitive guide to issues – News


EAD says sea snakes are venomous but only bite when provoked or frightened

published: Friday, January 6, 2023 at 10:33 am

The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) has urged beachgoers in the capital to be aware of sea snakes.

In winter, sea snakes, locally known as Bogni, move to shallow waters to feed and breed.

“Sea snakes in Abu Dhabi inhabit open shallow water, coral reefs and beaches. Sea snakes tend to congregate during winter when temperatures drop below 22ºC,” EAD said in a statement.

Minimum temperatures have dropped below 21ºC this week across mainland Abu Dhabi, including the Corniche. Top beaches in Abu Dhabi are at the Corniche and Saadiyat Island.

If residents encounter a sea snake on the beach, the EAD recommends several precautions and warns against touching it.

“Stay away from stranded sea snakes and don’t touch them even if they look dead, as some of them may just be sluggish.”

The EAD says sea snakes are venomous, but they only bite when provoked or frightened.

“While sea snakes are venomous, they rarely bite and only bite when provoked or frightened. If bitten, seek immediate medical attention and notify health authorities.”

Residents who spotted the sea snake have been asked to contact the Abu Dhabi government call center on 800555.

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