Snorkel Snake

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Snorkel Snake
Artwork of a Snorkel Snake from Yoshi's Story
The Snorkel Snake as it appears in Yoshi's Story
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Mr. Eel
Sprite of a Snorkel Snake from Yoshi's Story

The Snorkel Snake,[1][2] also called the Snorkle Fish,[3] is a serpentine enemy that appears in Yoshi's Story. It resembles a large white serpentine creature with green spikes and a large fin for a tail. Its head is a large ball with red eyes, flippers, and a spout for a mouth. Smaller variants of the Snorkel Snake, known as Mr. Eels, also appear in the game. While identified as a snake in English and an eel in Japanese, it more closely resembles a giant pipefish, particularly due to the mouth.

The Snorkel Snake can be seen swimming on the Ocean page, and it is found in a single area of the level Lots O'Jelly Fish, where it waits for a Yoshi to swim nearby. When it spots them, it swims in circles around them, attempting to enclose them within its spiky body; since Yoshis cannot throw eggs underwater, the Snorkel Snake is effectively invincible. However, its body is not long enough for it to make a complete circle, allowing the Yoshis to escape if encircled.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

  • Website bio: Swimming in circles that grow ever-tighter, The Snorkle Fish is a prickly Yoshi-smiter.[3]
  • Shogakukan guide: 「長いからだはトゲだらけ。おまけにあとを追ってくる。なんてこった!」 ("Their long body is covered in thorns. In addition, it will follow you. What the heck!")[4]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウナボン[4]
From「鰻」(unagi, eel) and「坊」(bon, Japanese affectionate suffix for "boy")


  • The Snorkel Snake bears a resemblance to the Dragoneel, which was introduced in New Super Mario Bros. U and also tries to encircle players with its body. The Snorkel Snake's Japanese name, "Unabon," is used as a file name for the Dragoneel, suggesting this resemblance may have been intentional.


  1. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 11.
  2. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6.