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Is Eating Venomous Sea Snakes a Bad Thing? | National Geographic

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The growing consumption of venomous sea snakes in Southeast Asia has resulted in the massive harvesting of these marine animals in the Gulf of Thailand. Fishermen and traders face a high risk of snakebites and even death as 80 tons of sea snakes are captured annually. Herpetologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zoltan Takacs documents this phenomenon while questioning the ecological and medical impact of this escalating wildlife trade. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Read more about the potential effects of this sea snake harvest: http://goo.gl/gKlTXE Follow Zoltan Takacs on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/DrZoltanTakacs/ RESEARCH/VIDEOGRAPHER: Zoltan Takacs SENIOR PRODUCER: Jeff Hertrick EDITOR: Jennifer Murphy ADDITIONAL RESEARCH: Kenny Broad EXPEDITION FUNDING: National Geographic Expeditions Council, National Geographic Explorer Programs, and University of Miami ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology Is Eating Venomous Sea Snakes a Bad Thing? | National Geographic https://youtu.be/Foc4dn90n3E National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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They're Swedish
Why Don't We Limelight (27 days ago)
Were is my animals lovers I need to calm myself
카미 (1 month ago)
I hate snakes but it hurts when i see them like these 2:25
osamr toro (1 month ago)
hope the people doing this get bitten and dies :)
Mushroom Head (1 month ago)
No because they're venomous. You can't eat a poisonous creature however because well they're poisonous. Their poison is adapted to survive the digestive system so it can inflict damage. Venom proteins are destroyed by the digestive system and venom is normally kept in glands near a creature's fangs or stinger, not within its flesh.
Sakib The pirate (1 month ago)
I am from Assam and I will blast all those rhino poachers who are killing our state animal.
Sakib The pirate (1 month ago)
They are also killing Indian one horn rhinos in order to get its horn indirectly.
Samea Safari (1 month ago)
Disgusting
Sreynoch Bitch (1 month ago)
NOOOO
Jeatherlyy (1 month ago)
I’m Vietnamese and I can understand what they’re saying.
klutz395 (1 month ago)
They're not eating sea snakes. They're turning them into BS medicines
Jaylen Googe (2 months ago)
Y can't u just let the sea snakes live
duaklube newme (2 months ago)
can someone inbox the exact scientific name of this sea snake.
duaklube newme (2 months ago)
i find this a good help for my study material. thanks, NG
Human Being (2 months ago)
These ppl need to wear proper thick rubber glows while handling the sea snakes.
푸드나르샤 (3 months ago)
저 바다뱀은 독이 없나?
Qianxiang Zhao (3 months ago)
我操太吓人了
Larry Chen (4 months ago)
they are all venomous and you grabbed it that stupid way to make yourself bitten.
Wolf Gang (5 months ago)
Please kill all sea snakes..
She's Needy (5 months ago)
savage
Ronald Gomis (5 months ago)
I hate snakes eat them all
Gabriel Perez (5 months ago)
Yess!
Muffin (6 months ago)
in da worlbdl
Uso Osu (6 months ago)
Wrd
Extreme Games (6 months ago)
That’s gross why did I regret clicking on this video
Queen mia3215 (6 months ago)
You guys are honestly mean
Yardienate (6 months ago)
What do u mean by we are eating away😂😂😂😂
Amy Tran (6 months ago)
I was born in Vietnam ..
Bob Cane (6 months ago)
Sounds del-lease/ohso💯
HerrBratwurst (6 months ago)
more than a decayed
AtLtLt (6 months ago)
Foreign guys from Family Guy?
Joseph Vandyuk (6 months ago)
Why do people do this to these harmless animals
mo mo (6 months ago)
It took my 2 minutes to figure out that this guy was actually saying rhinoceros horns
Fergura (6 months ago)
stop killing the reptiles!
yeet im g-ay (6 months ago)
all this talk about sea snake but what about the chickens 1 billion are kill every year
xxP1ST0LER0xx (6 months ago)
In the wurrr
Ghost 116 (6 months ago)
Kill all the snakes
Ajith Philip (6 months ago)
Yes,it's bad for the snakes!
Mai C Yang (6 months ago)
Japanese eat them too
Honey Padam (6 months ago)
Cutting down the forests & capturing lands where animals used to live was not enough so now they are destroying marine life too. We can survive being a vegan but as greedy as humans can get ,they have become not less than a demon. But even then, there are few people out there that are kind enough to save these animals. Humans did nothing good to this planet but only destroyed mother nature to its core.
Robert Lee (6 months ago)
Brings back memories of playing MGS Snake Eater.
Ronald Gomis (6 months ago)
Eat them all I hate snakes
Nur Aidamiera (6 months ago)
Ronald Gomis 😂😂
Nilu Roy (6 months ago)
Sorting sea snakes with bare hands. Don't they know how venomous these sea snakes are?
Mr A (6 months ago)
Snakes breed quite well don't they?
Please enter a name (6 months ago)
You know what, Im just gonna mind my own business
shiyaf mohammed (6 months ago)
From all the eatable things in the world these guys want venomous snakes
Bobby Chang (6 months ago)
Wow, we should tax these....
iTRY_Mash Mash (6 months ago)
We need to kill everyone in Asia because these guys literally eat everything *EVERYTHING*
Cuong Nguyen (6 months ago)
Won’t be anything left in Vietnam! They don’t have restriction in anything. And they use electric nets to fish...smh. Sad.
Good Old Days (6 months ago)
Ita good they are cleaning up the sea from deadli snake attacks... bloody media just wants money making fake news..
Jiraiya Sama (6 months ago)
Asians use anything as medicine. Lol.
That Guy Ent. (6 months ago)
Never heard of Gloves?
Abid hasan Zidane (6 months ago)
America should have nuked vietnam instead of japan
Muhammad Rafi (6 months ago)
What's wrong? Its a normal.
ZenXXII (6 months ago)
They try to sell those as aquarium eels here. Wtf!
Aldrich Mercado (6 months ago)
RYE-NO-SEH-ROS!
Murry King (6 months ago)
That English tho!!! People whatever they want don’t be morons.
War Robots Azure Dragon (6 months ago)
If it’s dangerous why do it barehanded
Ramon Canelas (6 months ago)
People are just trying to survive
kamal tr (6 months ago)
Im not supporting killing sea snakes but at least these viets eat them while americans kill rattle snakes for amusement.
Emirah Arjunaidi (6 months ago)
these snakes are mad thiCcC
Pot Head (6 months ago)
this is DISGUSTING!
marky mark (6 months ago)
PETA would cry!😂
Anak Rajin (6 months ago)
The most difficult video to watch for me.
Journeyman (6 months ago)
What happen to the world today, everything you want to eat.
Justin Jones (6 months ago)
It seems like they aren't afraid of being bitten.
09934 22134 (6 months ago)
obviously
Cxs3 (6 months ago)
Why not catch a few and just raise and create a sea snake farm if they necessarily have to eat and drink them.
james miller (6 months ago)
Stop killing these poor stakes, in Asia they have no respect for animals or human life, boycott their products. they deserve to be bitten by these snakes.
09934 22134 (6 months ago)
okay
Ron Cisnero (6 months ago)
Why is this a bad thing?? I mean if they’re doing this year in and year out, the snakes should’ve been extinct by now right..?
mistscape (6 months ago)
seriously? rhinoceros horn to cure ur probably well deserved SEA snake bites? pls don't involve the innocent rhinoceros into ur bullocks, they are already having it bad
No Dietary Restrictions (6 months ago)
The taste must be good..If not wont be in high demand.
virgo wolf lupina (6 months ago)
ewwww
Derrick Lopez (6 months ago)
Pretty interesting
Mooch Buster (6 months ago)
Yuk
Joshua Yong Kwang Min (6 months ago)
I wish these people die! Poor sea snakes
Glocorn (6 months ago)
C9 beefy smash doods?
Bork The Swedish Chef (6 months ago)
Loool his english gave me cancer
Malik Rahman (6 months ago)
The oceans will be lifeless soon but not to worry we can start eating each other then.
Mo Amin (8 months ago)
This is why we can't have nice things in the world. Stupid humans always gotta find something new to eat and sell. Humans are the only animals that need to be extinct.
09934 22134 (6 months ago)
fair
Lennie Capuano (8 months ago)
i hate snakes but these morons deserve to get bitten
CC 96 420 CGAR (10 months ago)
I love sea snakes
Lol. I have seen a video about two old women catching sea snakes in japan and they got no blame. The problem is Vietnam is the poor country!
Kaden Wilfong (11 months ago)
Leave the snakes alone they minded their business so u should too
AR Ethan (11 months ago)
Over 60% Protein in each Snake.
jezebel 4444 (1 year ago)
Y'all can have my share, I'm good.
This makes me want to puke because I have 2 snakes :c
ErickssNatureextra (1 year ago)
What the heck that must be sad for the snakes ita a good thing all these people are dieing😭
SERGICAL ARTILLERY (1 year ago)
Is it illegal to were shoes there?
Astroners helloyeah (1 year ago)
alien cuisine
Cindy King (1 year ago)
This is crazy,I couldn't bare to watch it
Fadooly (1 year ago)
what type of sea snake is that ??
Eyelash (1 year ago)
PPL ITS PART OF THEIR CULTURE
Flame_ 7309 (1 year ago)
My family is from Vietnam 🇻🇳
popthecowboy (1 year ago)
these guys have balls i wont do this
Mohamed Hassan (1 year ago)
blanlanlablanlanlabla
Andrei Clear (1 year ago)
narrated by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoltan_Takacs Zoltán Takács is a Hungarian-born toxinologist and tropical adventurer specializing in venomous snakes and snake venoms. He is a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer.[1][2] Takacs holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Columbia University.[1] As a faculty at the University of Chicago[3] he co-invented the designer toxin technology, which creates a large number of animal toxin variants and screens for those that bind to a potential drug target.[4][5] His other main research area is why cobras and sea snakes are resistant to their own venom.[6][7] At Columbia University, Takacs served as an Earth Institute Fellow,[8] and is a recipient of the National Geographic Society's Research and Exploration grant. He has been featured on the National Geographic Channel and on the PBS/NOVA series in several snake documentaries.[9][10] Takacs has traveled to 133 countries,[11] is an aircraft pilot, scuba diver, and wildlife photographer.[9]
Dave Joseph (1 year ago)
Sea snakes keep the moray eel population down.
NYRfan4Life (1 year ago)
Unless I have a death wish... I'll never hop into a bin full of dangerous and venomous sea snakes.
Samantha K (1 year ago)
These are pretty snakes stop
Zay Taboada (1 year ago)
how the fucking shit...how do asians grab snakes like they ain't shit without getting bitten....fucking asians are just crazy savages maaannn (I'm part ASIAN chill) and it's just like fascinating cause I wanna do that

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