Swallowed eel manages to burrow its way out of a heron's throat mid-air to ...

A snake eel has recreated the iconic chestburster scene from Alien by burrowing out of the stomach of a heron and bursting through its throat mid-air.  

This is the incredible moment a snake eel burrows out of a heron and bursts through its body while the bird is in flight.

Amateur photographer Sam Davis, 58, was taking photos of wildlife at a nature reserve in Maryland, US.

The engineer and keen nature snapper saw the heron capture and gobble up the eel and start to fly off.

A snake eel burrowed out of a heron and burst through its stomach while the bird was in flight in incredible snaps taken by an amateur photographer

A snake eel burrowed out of a heron and burst through its stomach while the bird was in flight in incredible snaps taken by an amateur photographer

Sam Davis, 58, was taking photos of wildlife at a nature reserve in Maryland, US, when he saw the unusual sight of the eel emerging

Sam Davis, 58, was taking photos of wildlife at a nature reserve in Maryland, US, when he saw the unusual sight of the eel emerging 

The engineer and keen nature snapper saw the heron capture and gobble up the eel and start to fly off

The engineer and keen nature snapper saw the heron capture and gobble up the eel and start to fly off

The extraordinary sight was reminiscnt of the iconic chestburster scene in Ridley Scott's film Alien

The extraordinary sight was reminiscnt of the iconic chestburster scene in Ridley Scott's film Alien

But suddenly the eel burst from the bird's throat and dangled beneath the heron while in the air.

Snake eels are a family of eel species that live most of their lives burrowed in the soft sand on the floor of the ocean.

When eaten alive by predators, they can perform a gruesome escape by using their hard-pointed tail tip, which is for digging, to burst through the predator's stomach wall in a bid to escape digestion. 

Suddenly the eel burst from the bird's stomach and dangled beneath the heron while in the air

Suddenly the eel burst from the bird's stomach and dangled beneath the heron while in the air

Snake eels are a family of eel species that live most of their lives burrowed in the soft sand on the floor of the ocean

Snake eels are a family of eel species that live most of their lives burrowed in the soft sand on the floor of the ocean

When eaten alive by predators, they can perform a gruesome escape by using their hard-pointed tail tip

When eaten alive by predators, they can perform a gruesome escape by using their hard-pointed tail tip

NEXT Richmond Tigers AFL star Marlion Pickett opens up in book Belief on troubled ...