BAUANG, La Union – A five-year old boy was killed after he was bitten by a ‘sea snake’ caught by his father along the shores of Barangay Pugo this town Monday.

Mike Zarate, an officer of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, identified the victim as Roni Mirote.

Zarate said the snake was caught with a fish net used by Charlie, the victim’s father, and some companions while fishing at the shoreline.

It was learned that when the fishermen brought their catch off the shore, the boy went near them and allegedly touched the sea creature which suddenly bit him on the chest. Minutes later, the boy allegedly collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Zarate said the snake was called by fishermen in the area as ‘walo-walo.’

Based on research, sea snakes or coral reef snakes are a subfamily of venomous elapid snakes that inhabit marine environments for most of their lives. They are found in warm coastal waters and are closely related to venomous terrestrial snakes.

Sea snakes have paddle-like tails and many have compressed bodies that give them an eel-like appearance.

A fisherman said that ‘walo-walo’ are harmless unless they were disturbed. Jun Elias/northbound