When Andy Warton landed a cod and noticed the deadly creature that was sitting in its mouth, he pulled out his iPhone and began filming, thinking “it was worth recording.”
“I’ve been fishing since I was six years old, and fishing in Northern Australian waters since 1999, and I have never seen anything like this before,” Warton told Caters News via the Mirror.
What he saw in the back of the fish's mouth was a spotted black snake, one of the most venomous snakes in Australia.
Warton, 44, of Darwin, Australia was fishing around Melville Island in the Tiwi Islands in Australia's Northern Territory when he made the bizarre discovery.
“The snake had only just been eaten as it was still partly moving despite having a big chunk of flesh out of its side,” Warton said.
He plucked the snake out of the fish's mouth with pliers and tossed both fish and snake back into the water.
“It’s always a privilege to fish in the Northern Territory,” Warton said. “Part of the attraction is that every day you head out on the water, the adventures are limitless.”
“I’ve seen crocodiles eat pigs and eagles. I’ve had big barramundi stolen by sharks on the way in, but up until this experience, I’ve never seen a fish with a fresh snake in its belly.”
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